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I was watching my half grown ducks through the kitchen window this morning when a pair of Wood Ducks lit on the pond. Just as I got my camera ready, they flew up in a tree, even closer to my window (must be my lucky day!!). The female in the photo is turned away from the house, but the male gave me a fairly good profile shot. Wish I had washed my windows a few weeks ago when I was thinking about it. Take a look at the largest size if you like pretty birds. The American Wood Duck is a cousin to the wild Mandarin Duck found in China and other parts of Asia.
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Feb 21 2009 18:30 GMT kamilla
Beautiful capture! :)
Feb 21 2009 18:41 GMT 5DMKII
what a beauty !
Feb 21 2009 18:54 GMT ETS2
They are beautiful for sure and the photo is great!! Is it usual that they sit in a tree?!
Feb 21 2009 22:13 GMT martini957
GREAT CAPTURE
Feb 21 2009 23:02 GMT annieann PRO
thats a cracking shot larry .....
Feb 22 2009 01:44 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Kamilla
Feb 22 2009 01:46 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks DMK....I would love to have had your 50D and 500mm for this shot....for the details.
Feb 22 2009 01:52 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Elsie. No, it is not uncommon for the Wood Duck to perch in trees, but they are most often found in the water. I often see them fly off the water (my small pond) and lite in a tree. It is unusual for me see them however....they are very shy.
Feb 22 2009 14:16 GMT sini
Great capture!:)
Feb 22 2009 17:02 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Magenta*. I think I've always been lucky....fortunate at the very least!
Feb 22 2009 17:02 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Nancy
Feb 22 2009 17:03 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks AnnieAnn
Feb 22 2009 19:27 GMT LizSA
the colours came out good..... lovely to have a pond on your premises Larry...
attracts lovely birds....
Feb 24 2009 16:20 GMT jenylew
Oooo gorgeous! You lucky Duck!
Feb 24 2009 17:55 GMT senna3
Fantastic catch again Larry!
Feb 24 2009 20:53 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Peter
Feb 25 2009 06:48 GMT Kaska
handsome fellow :)
Feb 25 2009 17:03 GMT larrybenedict
I just love the colors and patterns on this duck. Lots of wild ones in these parts this time of year (migratory), but the most I've had on my little pond is four at one time.
Mar 01 2009 05:23 GMT hbla PRO
I like wood ducks. the girl gets to be pretty lol.
Mar 01 2009 05:26 GMT larrybenedict
Girls always look pretty to the guys.

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