Saturday, September 18, 2010

Warning: Ridiculously handsome ducks.

Female.

Male.

Wood Ducks: Male with female, female with apple.

8 comments:

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

I have a collection of ducks and the wood duck was my favorite. My collection includes my hand painted and carved ducks. My favorite again was a wood duck that I spent a long time carving. My favorite dog, my Akita, who never chewed anything in his life, ate my wood duck. Akitas are not duck dogs.

Your images of the wood ducks are priceless. They are such beautiful creatures.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

That first duck is my favorite... and you're right! They are very handsome!

Anonymous said...

We have been looking for a wood duck (in person) for almost a year now without success. I thought their breeding plumage would be gone by now but that male is a stunner! Do they get it back after they molt? We saw a Northern Shoveler today, much more humble looking but it still felt good to be able to discern it from the mallards it was with.

ksdoolittle said...

No doubt about it! Great shots! The few times I've happened upon Wood Ducks, they certainly didn't linger long enough for a photo shoot!~karen

Hugh said...

Anon, At this time of year,some male ducks are still in eclipse plumage, some are back to breeding splendor, and others are somewhere in between.

Karen, These ducks hang out with mallards where they are fed by park visitors. They are much more shy than the mallards, but a lot less skittish than wild wood ducks.

JoLynne Lyon said...

Lovely ducks. I'm glad you're still posting your nature photos and comments; I enjoy them.

Garden Lily said...

Great photos! I still get excited when I see a wood duck, and yes, they are much more shy than the mallards. They don't usually stay long enough for such nice photos.

Urban Wild said...

The true dandies of the duck world!