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Wood Duck Flock (Aix sponsa)


Wood Duck Flock (Aix sponsa)
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-13 8:42
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A lone hen flies amongst 5 drakes in this early Spring capture.

The Wood Duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 in) in length with a wingspan of between 66 to 73 cm (26 to 29 in). This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata).[2]

The adult male has distinctive multicoloured iridescent plumage and red eyes,with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads.

The male's call is a rising whistle, "jeeeeee"; the females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, "do-weep do-weep," when flushed, and a sharp "cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek" for an alarm call.

Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators. The Wood Duck has sharp claws for perching in trees and can produce two broods in a single season.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Aix
Species: A. sponsa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Duck

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Hallo Derek
How beautiful is the formation of flying Wood Ducks you captured here. Seeing them like this against the clear blue sky is really a beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

Hello Derek

Great in-flight shot of the most beautiful ducks
of North America, fine POV, with their flight pose
and the diagonally framing in the airs it gives
great dynamism to the image, TFS

Asbed

Hi Derek,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Wood ducks in flight. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colours. Have a nice day.

Piere

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