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|Here is a lone drake wood duck contrasted against the blue sky of a Spring mid-afternoon. |
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).
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.
Species: A. sponsa
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- [2013-04-14 11:55]
Perfect capture of flying bird in nice colours
and also with good sharpness.
Great in-flight shot of the wood duck drake,
with fine POV, its flight pose and being framed
diagonally in the image it gives dynamism to the photo, TFS
Good photograph of Wood Duck flying, good sharpness, outstanding composition, good background.