The Travels of Tug 44

Wood Duck

Wood Ducks are some of the more beautiful ducks with their amazing colors. They live in marshes and are mostly vegetarians though they will also eat bugs when they can. I photographed these in an old abandoned section of the Champlain Canal.   high-res

The male Wood Duck has the more spectacular colors, but they are shy and tend to hide behind brush when possible.   high-res

The females are mostly brown, with white circles around their eyes, and the same blue marks on the wings as Mallards have. I hope to get more photos of Wood Ducks, especially the males ... next summer..   high-res

May 2017, after searching for a month, I finally found a male Wood Duck, in a place I never expected ... a little swampy corner of a hay field. In fact there were two of them, and they cooperated by posing for me!   high-res

Here's a closeup of one of the male Wood Ducks. They have some really bright garish colors, but yet this works really well as camouflage ... when they land and step into the brush, just 3 steps and they have vanished.   high-res

The Wood Duck, a little guy with some unexpected camouflage skills.

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