Carolina American Wood Duck
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|Location Wetland centre in Barnes. |
Currently the wood duck is one of the most common waterfowl species breeding in the United States. In the early years of the 20th century that was not the case, wood ducks had virtually disappeared from much of their former range, which included the eastern half of the US and the far west coast. Much of the blame has been attributed to wetland drainage, and the elimination of their nesting sites in hollow old trees due to excessive cutting of great areas of hardwood forest. Also contributing to the decline may have been the introduction of automatic shotguns, market gunning for meat and feathers and unregulated sport hunting. Possibly in response to the establishment of the Migratory Bird Treaty in 1916 and the enactment of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918, wood duck populations began to rebound, probably from remnant populations left in isolated habitats. The development of the artificial nest box in the 1930ís brought about an almost immediate increase in wood duck numbers, as they readily accepted these structures. Their spectacular population recovery brought them to a high of 3.5 million by the 1960ís, when they began their continuing slow decline due to impacts of an increasing human population coupled with habitat loss. Although they were totally protected from 1918 to 1940, a limited hunting season resumed in 1941 and continues to the present. They currently rank third after mallards and green-winged teal, in terms of numbers taken by hunters. Details from great northern .net
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Very nice Demetrio.
Great colour of the duck and the water , nice composition and good details.
Nice capture Demetrio. The focus is a bit soft on the duck and I think it could have benefitted from some sharpening. I did a WS to try and show that. Super supporting note. Thanx for sharing.
- armand (44)
- [2004-10-05 14:55]