This gallery contains 3 photos. Having a preen and a pose in the sun. Male and female Wood Ducks dazzle with their respective plumages, and every encounter represents an opportunity to photograph them. Photographed on January 30.
One lady is bracketed by two gents in another photo that shows why Wood Ducks are called Wood Ducks. This fallen log actually held five Wood Ducks a few moments before — but all were in various stages of preening, not all were looking at the camera, and every duck was on a different visual plane.
As with many other waterfowl that patronize Burnaby Lake, Wood Ducks are extremely habituated to the presence of humans. I had never seen Wood Ducks actually perching on logs. Now, I was seeing them in spades!