Wood Duck Drake-Hope River, April 20, 2018

For years I’ve tried to capture a decent image of a wood duck drake in full breeding plumage. Finally, while riding my bicycle along the Hope river this afternoon, I got a few shots of this skittish and elusive duck.  The skies were cloudy so there is no iridescence showing. Too bad about that, they are a beautiful bird.

While I’m posting images, here’s one more…


Mr. Robin… “What are YOU looking at?”

13 thoughts on “Wood Duck Drake on Hope River

  1. katharineotto

    Beautiful, Sha’Tara. I refer to the male wood duck in mating season in a scene in my novel, based on pictures in “Sibley’s Book of Birds,” but I’ve never actually seen a live one. I chose it because it was the prettiest bird in the book.


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      It is a very pretty bird, rarely seen here as in this shot. Usually seen in flight, and then the colours don’t show, just a dark outline of a longish, slim duck.

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    1. kertsen

      It’s the red breast that slays our vision not the type ; I believe it is the association with blood that life giving fluid we all carry around. It’s no coincidence the bull fighter waves a red rag to insight his opponent , or that red is the colour of the setting sun. Gore is our beginning and often our end.



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