Wood ducks shakin’ in YYC

Wood ducks are one of my favorite species of waterfowl (side note: that is a weird word!)  I love the plumage of both genders.  To me, they are among the most beautiful birds.  Beyond that, I like watching them paddling around, chasing one another and most of all splashing during their cleaning routine.

Last weekend I spent a couple of hours watching them carry on about their day.  Every now and then, one would separate from the raft of ducks, presumably to get some space, before dunking their head under the water several times, shaking the water off, flapping wings, rising out of the water and then repeating it for as long as they saw fit.  I didn’t tire of watching the water drops fly!

7 responses

  1. Homer

    Wow. Great pictures! I love wood ducks. They stand on in their own league

    December 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm

  2. jewelhollow

    Good Morning… You took some amazing photos. I love ducks so much I have 4 mallard ducks of my own.. they are beautiful.

    October 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

  3. Wood ducks are among my favourite too. Great captures!

    September 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm

  4. Amazing shots! Ducks in general have such diverse plumage but I agree Wood Ducks are extraordinary.

    September 29, 2018 at 10:46 am

  5. Beautiful photos! Wood ducks are my favorite waterfowl also! Great plumage!

    September 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm

  6. I love the display of colours as the male lifts himself out of the water while spreading his wings, also the image where the water is covering his body. Enjoy all the spatters and splashes. Hope one day to actually see a Wood Duck.

    September 28, 2018 at 8:27 am

  7. Magnificent!

    September 28, 2018 at 8:10 am

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