I was on the phone with señorita Julita when señor Wood Duck landed on a branch of a tree outside my bird viewing window. He winked once at bonita Julita (OK, twice) while waiting for his señora, and when she flashed past on her way to the stream, he took off after her. This photo was taken in Eugene, Oregon, USA with a 300mm f4 lens and a 1.7 teleconverter attached to a Nikon D7000. Yes, one-handed, through the window, while on the phone. If you don’t believe me, ask señorita Julita. She heard the whole thing.


  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 1 year ago

    what a wonderful duck

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    He has MUCHO to say, eh? Such as, I am not Wood! I am flesh & bone & feathers!! Beautiful feathers into the bargain. Outstanding, upstanding & in good standing with me, Cometguy. How lucky you were to have this quacking opportunity!

  • Many thanks, Sheila! How lucky to have my perfect window for eavesdropping on our winged friends. A couple of days ago I had a Cooper’s hawk in my viewfinder for an hour as she primped and preened and lurked near the bird feeder.

    – Kenneth Haley

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    2013/03/07 One per 24hrs

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

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  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    BEAUTIFUL. Sharp, well composed and nice colors.

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

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    Thank you and well done!

  • labaker
    labakerover 1 year ago

    beautiful shot Ken :)

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS… Excellent work…

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 1 year ago

    Stunning work! A “Fave…”: for me!

  • Thank you, Qnita. One of those gifts we sometimes get without waiting all day for the right shot.

    – Kenneth Haley

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