|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|From today's trip to LaSalle, Burlington.|
· Ruddy ducks are relatively quiet birds that never make a quacking sound.
· The ruddy duck is one of a group of ducks known as “stifftails.”
· The female sometimes lays several of her eggs in the nests of other female ducks.
· Ruddy ducks can dive up to a depth of 10 feet underwater.
During spring and summer, the males are brilliantly coloured, with a broad, blue bill, white cheeks, a black head and brown back, while the colours of females are more subdued. Females also have a single dark line crossing each cheek. Towards autumn, the colouring of males diminishes—their bill and feathers become grey. Ruddy ducks have a long, stiff tail that they hold erect, distinguishing them from many other duck species. Females are smaller than males.
Ruddy ducks can be found throughout almost all of the United States and in southern Canada during the summer months. These birds are not fond of the cold and migrate south when cold weather approaches. They can also be found down through Mexico, in various areas of South America and the West Indies. Captives were introduced to southern Britain and now live in feral flocks. They can be found in freshwater lakes, marshes and ponds with tall weeds or plants that supply cover and protection.
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once more fantastic colours and impressive sharpness, beside the interesting duck... great shot!
- [2011-03-28 8:39]
Very nice photo of this Ruddy Duck in good sharpness, details and an excellent composition. Beautiful white balance. Pleasing pose and eye contact.