Featured in: ImageWriting (Oct., 2011)
Featured in: The Birds (Oct., 2011)
Famous for their striking and vibrantly ornate plumage, the Wood Duck is the only native species of perching ducks in North America – characterized by well-formed claws, long tails, wing iridescence and, of course, for perching frequently in trees and nesting in tree holes or nest boxes.
I have been following families of Wood Ducks on Grenadier Pond in Toronto’s High Park for some years now. Amazingly, the day after hatching the female leads her brood out of their nest hole and, after checking for any danger lurking, signals to her ducklings to literally jump out of the nest hole to the ground beneath immediately then leading them to water and a feeding area.
Courtship and pairing commences in mid-September with nest-building following in the spring and, as yearlings tend to return to the same area to look themselves for nesting sites, … I hope this handsome young male stays safe and strong and… see you in the spring!
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