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Young Wood Duck

Young Wood Duck
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-11 4:03
Viewed: 5325
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I came upon this beautiful immature wood duck on a walk through Stanley Park in Vancouver this summer. Thanks to all who helped with the ID.

Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

Canard branchu (French)
Pato de charreteras (Spanish)

A colorful duck of wooded swamps and streamsides, the Wood Duck is one of only a few North American ducks that nest in trees. Many people consider it to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl.

• Medium-sized duck.
• Crest on head.
• Long tail.
• White patches in face.

• Size: 47-54 cm (19-21 in)
• Wingspan: 66-73 cm (26-29 in)
• Weight: 454-862 g (16.03-30.43 ounces)

Sex Differences
Male brightly patterned, female dull gray brown.

Female makes loud "oo-eek, oo-eek" when disturbed and taking flight. Male has thin, rising and falling zeeting whistle.

Conservation Status
Declined dramatically in late 19th century, but recovered in 20th. Current populations stable or increasing.

Cool Facts
• Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females. These "dump" nests can have up to 40 eggs.
• The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2 mi) away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of up to 89 m (290 ft) without injury.
• The Wood Duck is a popular game bird, and is second only to the Mallard in numbers shot each year in the United States.
• Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.


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To gypsy52: Thanks for the ID : )manyee 1 10-11 11:01
To scottevers7: Thanks for the ID : )manyee 1 10-11 11:01
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Hi Manyee

I wonder if it is a juvenile Carolina Wood Duck. It looks similar especially the eye colour. Nice capture and eye contact. Well done. Thanks.

Hi Manyee,
Sorry I can't help you to ID this beautiful duck.
Very nice colours and good POV.
Well done.

Hi Manyee, it is an immature male Wood Duck. TFS!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-11 6:48]

Good shot Manyee,

Details are very decent and colors are nice. I just think the top of the picture is a little too bright and the POV could be lower. TFS!


Hi Manyee,
I believe the others are right about it being a wood duck. They are colorful birds. good detail and color here.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-11 10:48]

Hi Manyee,

For me it is Water Duck ;-) Sorry, I don't know. Looks very quiet and colorfull.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-11 11:40]

Hello Manyee,
This is a beautiful shot. Lovely composition and POV. Well done, and TFS. : )

Beautiful bird, great colors Manyee. Thank You.

Hi Manyee,
this Duck look a little bit angry. But it is a very beautiful one. Exellent shot. Good work.
BR Martina

Manyee, very nice capture with great colours and sharpness/POV. Very good composition.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-11 16:56]

Manyee, this is a very beautiful duck. The wild ducks I've found here in Brazil are too shy, so that I haven't got a decent shot of one of them yet.

I like composition and pov.

Maybe a little bit more of sharpness?

Very nice texture upon the feathers.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-12 5:56]

Bonjour Manyee, bravo pour ce joli petit canard au magnifique plumage, il semble frigorifié!! Mes félicitations Didier.

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  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-10-12 22:51]

Hey Manyee,

It's been a while since I've had time to look at the photos on this site and to comment, but I see your skills remain true. Amazing. Nice POV !!!

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