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The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colorful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, Wood Ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.
Taken at Mud lake in Ottawa, Ont, Canada with Canon 40D and 400 5.6 L lens
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  • LaFleureRouge1
    LaFleureRouge1over 4 years ago

    Wonderful close up Jim.
    These guys are hard to get close to.

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    so cool :) great capture!

  • Thank you LisaBeth

    – Jim Cumming

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 4 years ago

    They are so beautiful. Another fabulous shot.

  • Thank you Deborah

    – Jim Cumming

  • Daniel  Parent
    Daniel Parentover 4 years ago

    Very nice colouration with the low angle morning sunlight

  • Thanks alot Dan…it was a fun day

    – Jim Cumming

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! I adore this with my everything.

  • Thanks Lee-Anne, this is probably the best wood duck I’ve ever shot

    – Jim Cumming

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Lorilee

    – Jim Cumming

  • AudGirv
    AudGirvover 4 years ago

    Such wonderful colours. just perfect

  • Thanks alot AudGirv

    – Jim Cumming

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Jim!

  • Thanks very much Bob

    – Jim Cumming

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Yes, it’s difficult to imagine better.

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago
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