The Zen of Being a Wood Duck

This gallery contains 3 photos. Wood ducks have a personal space that falls somewhere in between those of the attention-courting Mallards (none at all) and extremely distant/aloof Brants, Scaups, and Loons (30-50 feet). Of course, that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily easier to photograph at closer distances, given that they are almost always on the move.

Wood-Duck-Headon-Stare

But to be able to photograph them up close is nevertheless a privilege. With their beautiful and colourful plumage, Wood Ducks don’t disappoint, and they have a calm, pacific nature (unlike Mallards and Canada Geese).

Wood-Duck-Reflected-Profile

This male Wood Duck is having a go at the bird seed left for him on a rock. Photographed at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on a rainy October 12, just 30 minutes before closing time.

Wood-Duck-Pecks

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