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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  • KatMagic Photography
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  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot of this gorgeous duck ~ the colors and details are stunning :))

  • Thank you, Renee, so much!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

    Splendid plumage detail and a lovely range of colors in the water – well done!

  • Thank you, Celeste.. so glad you like this one!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansalmost 3 years ago

    This-is-fabulous Kat…I love these little wood ducks, they have such lovely colours. Beautifully done Kat.

  • Hi Lyn, many thanks…!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Wow!! The colors and clarity are so wonderful !! I feel like this wood duck is going to swim off the screen, the capture is so clear!! You are the master at clarity and colors! Beautifully done, Katherine!! A huge fave!

  • Hi Kristi … thank you for such a very kind comment…the colors on these ducks are just incredible and really do test our your lens’ ability to capture color….thank you again so much.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 3 years ago

    Awwww….this is so beautiful, Kat!!! Gorgeous color and reflections!!!!

  • Thank you, Laurie.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful clear shot of this duck! I just love those blue and green tones in the tail feathers and did you notice how those colors are repeated in the water?!!

  • Hi Joanne, glad you like this Wood Duck… yes. the water was shimmery from the setting sun…thank you for your kind comments.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Kat

  • Thanks, Larry.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful capture of this lovely wee duck, Kat. Wonderful colours and reflections. Thanks for the very interesting read, too. Haven’t seen any down this way but have been told they hang out at Cooper Marsh.

  • Well, if you are ever in Toronto…. they are very striking, aren’t they? Thanks, Mike.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks to you, Greta!

    – KatMagic Photography

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