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A Mated pair of Wood Ducks by barnsis

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This pair of Wood Ducks visits the lake in front of our home here in Southeast Missouri often during the summer. The Wood Duck is the most colorful duck native to North America. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. We have trees and stumps in our lake that seem to attract them. They are perching ducks and will perch on a log, tree limb or stump. They were in serious decline until unregulated hunting was stopped nation wide and many locations with lakes and marshes began putting up nesting boxes for them, they have come back but are still not a common sight in most locations.

Nikon D40X with Nikkor 300mm VR lens on max zoom.

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  • Samohsong
    Samohsongabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture of these wood ducks Byron! ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam

    – barnsis

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 2 years ago

    What a beautiful image Byron!

  • Thank you Ellen

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 2 years ago

    May I ask if you watched them mating? LOL! Great shot, love the males in this species!

  • I watched him try (:>) Thank you, the males are so colorful

    – barnsis

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    They have such beautiful marking, lovely capture and great textures Byron

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    30 November 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    How wonderful to have these in your lake Byron … lovely capture … good to hear the population is recovering!
    The male of “your” Wood Duck species is much more striking than “ours”, while the female is similarly coloured..

  • Thank you Trish

    – barnsis

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful reflections, love this shot

  • Thank you very much

    – barnsis

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 2 years ago

    Neat pair!!!

  • Thank you, do you see many of these in duck land?

    – barnsis

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