Wood Duck Display by KatMagic Photography


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Featured in: Closeups in Nature (December, 2012)
Featured in: The Birds (December, 2012)
Featured in: Nature in its Entirety (December, 2012)
Featured in: The Toronto Group (December, 2012)
Featured in: The Wonder of Wings (December, 2012)
Featured in: Love Those Creatures (January, 2013)

In the Wood Duck world, courtship starts in mid-September when the adult males have acquired their full, and very ornate, colorful breeding plumage. Small groups of Wood Ducks, more males than females, begin to gather together with several males swimming around one female – heads tucked down against their bodies, combined with other displays intended to establish a dominance hierarchy among the males, the most dominant males are the first to closely approach the females. This display lasts for about 20 minutes taking place early morning or late afternoon and most of the females are paired up by mid-winter.

My boy here is doing something called the “Bill Jerk” (stay with me, I’m serious) –rapidly flicking his bill up exposing the white under his chin, this display is usually given as a greeting between paired Wood Ducks. The paired male and his mate will avoid the boisterous display antics of those un-attached Wood Ducks but do display for each other when they have been temporarily parted. How nice, ah?
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartabout 2 years ago

    this is stunning.

  • Thanks, Marie.. I’ll take “stunning” any day!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • vic321
    vic321about 2 years ago


  • Yool
    Yoolabout 2 years ago

    Excellent shot Kat !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks, my friend!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingabout 2 years ago

    he is a beauty♥

  • I agree, Heather, the Wood Duck males are all beauties!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thanks, Ann!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 2 years ago

    Oh wow, this is just so outstanding, Kat, love that pose, absolutely wonderful !!!!

  • Thanks, Elfie.. hope you are doing well and coping with the holidays upcoming.. tough for you, I know…

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful ’ duck’ scene

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 2 years ago


  • Many thanks, Cindy!

    – KatMagic Photography

    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great shot

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