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Wood Duck

Wood Duck
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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-25 11:13
Viewed: 7416
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wood Duck -

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.

• Size & Shape
Wood Ducks have a unique shape among ducks—a boxy, crested head, a thin neck, and a long, broad tail. In flight, they hold their head up high, sometimes bobbing it. Overall, their silhouette shows a skinny neck, long body, thick tail, and short wings.
• Color Pattern
In good light, males have a glossy green head cut with white stripes, a chestnut breast and buffy sides. In low or harsh light, they'll look dark overall with paler sides. Females are gray-brown with white-speckled breast. In eclipse plumage (late summer), males lose their pale sides and bold stripes, but retain their bright eye and bill. Juveniles are very similar to females.
• Behavior
Unlike most waterfowl, Wood Ducks perch and nest in trees and are comfortable flying through woods. Their broad tail and short, broad wings help make them maneuverable. When swimming, the head jerks back and forth much as a walking pigeon's does. You often see Wood Ducks in small groups (fewer than 20), keeping apart from other waterfowl. Listen for the female's call when these wary birds flush.
• Habitat
Look for Wood Ducks in wooded swamps, marshes, streams, beaver ponds, and small lakes. They stick to wet areas with trees or extensive cattails. As a cavity nester, Wood Ducks take readily to nest boxes.

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Hi Bill,
another nice photo. Excellent point of view. Nice colours. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Bill,
Great captured of the Duck in flight!
excellent clarity, real colouration and details in the shot
well done

Hello Bill,
Another great image. The colours and sharpness are splendid. Very well captured.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-25 11:32]

Hello Bill,
Very beautiful clear colours in this photo. Excellent timing and sharpness. Lovely BG and a very good POV.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Bill, splendid wood duck in fantastic fly, perfect focus, fine details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Bill,
This is a very good inflight shot of the Wood Duck. I like the details, natural colours and great POV. Well done!

Hi Bill,
What a beautiful moment..
Excellent timing.
Wonderful colour and details..
Very well done


Hello Bill
Another impressive in flight photo! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-25 22:45]

Hello Bill,
A very fine in-flight of a male Wood Duck. Great timing to show nice wing position, excellent lighting, natural colours and composition against the OOF natural BG.
Great to view!

perfect bird photography. great clarity and wonderful timing. thanks for sharing.

What a wonderful action photo. The image is crystal clear despite the obviose flight of this colorful duck.


Hallo Bill
A great photograph of this Wood duck flying over the water. I am sure they aren’t easy to capture but you sure make it look effortless. Fantastic sharpness and composition, your point of view is just great, lovely bright colours too. I also like the light in the image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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