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Wood Duck

Wood Duck
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-22 17:05
Viewed: 2185
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The wood duck in Fall colors.

The Wood Duck is one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the elegant females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around the eye. These birds live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up around lake margins. They are one of the few duck species equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches.
Cool Facts
•Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females.
•The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 m (290 ft) without injury.
•The Wood Duck is a popular game bird, and is second only to the Mallard in numbers shot each year in the United States.
•Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.

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oh peter..this doesn't even look real! WOWOWOWOW the reflections of fall in the water to cascade the orange and the colors of this wood duck so vibrantly displayed. Doesn't get better then this

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  • vikasv (119)
  • [2012-10-22 22:17]

Amazing creativity of God! You captured it very well.Thank you for sharing.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-10-23 6:47]

I like your photo to the 10th degree. The lighting is perfect and he decorated with so many beauiful colors. You make a good shot.

Hello Peter,

Tremendous capture of this duck and it's symphony of fall plumage hues. They are not a large duck and not easy to get close to - so you really need a telephoto lens and tripod to bring out the best features of this pretty bird. You have illustrated this fact very well.



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