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By iancam
The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is about 48 cm (19 in) in length with an average wingspan of 73 cm (29 in). This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult Mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.
The adult male has distinctive multi-collared iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. When swimming, wood ducks bob their head back and forth in a jerking motion, which makes them easy to spot.
Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. The wood duck tends to fly for prolonged periods of time after reproducing. Their personality is shy and skittish.
Females typically lay between 9 and 14 eggs. However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 40 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behaviour known as "nest dumping". They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 150 yards (140 m) away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The baby ducks can swim and find their own food by this time.

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They did not leave each others side all the time I was at Marwell.

I played around with the camera settings. I am trying to use only manual.

ISO500 - F11 - 1/25 - 290mm - Tripod - Remote.

I should have used a faster shutter speed.

Large is OK if you have time........

I do hope you are all OK?

Thankyou all for your comments and votes on Cygnet 2.


Tags: General Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: SammyRatFan, willgriffiths, Brian65 and 71 more

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Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 6:18PM
Wonderful capture. Brian
Glyn1 12 4 1 England
5 Dec 2009 6:19PM
What a lovely shot. really crisp. love the plumage detail & colour. Good Work.

5 Dec 2009 6:19PM
What a beautiful pair of Wood Ducks - great shot Ian !

Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 6:27PM
Gorgeous capture and an interesting write up too.

tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 6:41PM
two for the price of one Smile

Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
5 Dec 2009 6:44PM
A fantastic capture of this beautiful pair of wood ducks Ian.
Rock 19 10 2 England
5 Dec 2009 6:49PM
A very colourful shot and with all that info.

EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
5 Dec 2009 6:54PM
Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful colour and detail captured and having these two together makes it more special yet.

excellent,my friend
woollyback 15 50
5 Dec 2009 7:06PM
A great pair - love the colours

5 Dec 2009 7:11PM
excellent image and write up,well done ian.ray
fentiger 20 920 24 England
5 Dec 2009 7:20PM
A well composed image of these handsome birds.

colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
5 Dec 2009 7:34PM
Composition great and the colour and tones throughout are excellent. Thanks for sharing Colin
matteee 11 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 8:05PM
Good work, very bold and clear!
Thanks for sharing
nglen 13 42 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 8:05PM
Very good colours and detail in the feathers. All with interesting notes.
5 Dec 2009 8:17PM
Fine well detailed shot,
5 Dec 2009 8:38PM
superb sharp colourful shot
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
5 Dec 2009 9:32PM
A fantastic shot and interesting write up. - gary
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
5 Dec 2009 9:54PM
good colours.lesley
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
5 Dec 2009 10:02PM
A cracking shot of these two male wood ducks, the colours and detail in the plumage are terrific
franfoto 13 2 32 England
5 Dec 2009 10:37PM
A great capture of these colourful characters, you choice of aperture has produced nice detail in both ducks and luckily they stayed pretty still during the slow speed. Good job you used a tripod. Nicely saturated colours and good eye contact. Well done Ian.
5 Dec 2009 10:39PM
Such a lovely image, super detail and colour.
goso 14 2 1 Australia
5 Dec 2009 10:42PM
What a lovely wall hanging that would make Ian - really lovely...Bill
TerryMcK 12 72 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 11:07PM
Despite a slow shutter speed, Ian, you've captured some nicely defined details & colour.
hary60 12 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 11:48PM
What a very good image with brill detail
6 Dec 2009 6:57AM
stunning colourful image well composedand presented super detail also
Ray42 13 3 England
6 Dec 2009 7:56AM
A great shot and good narrative
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2009 9:16AM
6 Dec 2009 10:08AM
6 Dec 2009 10:14AM
A fine shot of these two very colourfull ducks - Graham
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
6 Dec 2009 10:53AM
super posed Ian, world class image
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
6 Dec 2009 12:45PM
Beautiful image and thanks for the information. Super presentation, Patti
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
6 Dec 2009 12:57PM
What a beautiful pair, great shot, love the colours

gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2009 2:54PM
A lovely capture.
gregl 16 19 1 England
6 Dec 2009 6:29PM
Superb Ian. An absolutely brilliant shot - the detail in the large image is well worth the look.
churchill123 17 233 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2009 6:38PM
Fabulous colour
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
6 Dec 2009 8:55PM
Lovely pair of beautful birds.
Thushari 11 1 Sri Lanka
7 Dec 2009 6:25AM
Beautiful capture with nice colors.
konu 13 31 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2009 12:30PM
really nice one, superb shot, good capture
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
7 Dec 2009 1:25PM
A cracking shot Ian, lovely detail and color, always nice to see some information included too,
Jekaro 12 1 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2009 7:10PM
A superb image, Ian, fabulous colours and details, and an interesting write up.
Dusan 12 Sri Lanka
9 Dec 2009 2:42AM
Great pair.
Nice colors and great write up.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2009 3:51PM
What an awesome shot
Great comp
Superb models
Valerie1 13 68 Northern Ireland
12 Dec 2009 8:47AM
What a colourful pair which you have captured so well.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2009 10:17AM
Great info and what a lovely shot Ian; excellent detail and colour, nicely portrays their companionship and I like the low POV
RTDS 12 Cyprus
27 Dec 2009 5:03PM
Excellent capture Ian.
Great details and colours.
Bonico 11 Romania
8 Apr 2010 10:10AM
Superb image, great detail, light & colors!

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