Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Wildlife Photos

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Sep 14, 2005, 5:53 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
thekman620's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 6,084
Default

This is the first time I've seen this species of duck in my walkabouts at the local wildbird sanctuary. I might need Dave's expertise on these. I'm pretty sure these 2 are wood ducks. The female was easy to id, but the male wasn't quite what the book says it is. The males bill and the eyes seem right, and the marking pattern on hishead seemed correct, but the colours not quite what the book says they are. I was wondering, if at this time of year, they go through some changes to their colouring before winter sets in. I also apologize for the white splotches on the water. High tide had just come into this small inlet, and brought along some cottonwood with it (at least I think it's cottonwood). Cheers......thekman.




thekman620 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Sep 14, 2005, 6:01 PM   #2
DBB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,483
Default

thekman620 wrote:
Quote:
This is the first time I've seen this species of duck in my walkabouts at the local wildbird sanctuary. I might need Dave's expertise on these. I'm pretty sure these 2 are wood ducks. The female was easy to id, but the male wasn't quite what the book says it is. The males bill and the eyes seem right, and the marking pattern on his head seemed correct, but the colours not quite what the book says they are. I was wondering, if at this time of year, they go through some changes to their colouring before winter sets in. I also apologize for the white splotches on the water. High tide had just come into this small inlet, and brought along some cottonwood with it (at least I think it's cottonwood). Cheers......thekman.

Oh no - you got it right. It's a pair, but the male is in "eclipse" plumage. Compared to their normal look, this is quite drab...

The only thing they keep is the bill color.

As far as I'm concerned the male in breeding feathers is about as pretty a bird as any in the world - Wait till next Spring...

dave



DBB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 14, 2005, 6:13 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
thekman620's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 6,084
Default

Thanks a lot Dave!! To the rescue again! Yes, the male did seem rather drab at this point. They get their full colour in the spring, do they? Cool. Can't wait. Mind you, they seem very shy when people come about. I had to sit very still for a while before they ventured half ways close, and as soon as they saw me moving, they moved off. I hope I get the privilege of viewing them next spring. They seem quite rare.....thekman.
thekman620 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 14, 2005, 8:11 PM   #4
DBB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,483
Default

thekman620 wrote:
Quote:
They seem quite rare.....thekman.
I have about as much luck as you. But here's the weird part, they're not rare at all. They often nest in tree's (ducks in tree's!?!?) and shy and timid are poor adjectives to describe them.

Now while I have poor luck in photographing them, I SEE them quite often - From a mile away - and then Poof thier gone...

dave
DBB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 18, 2005, 7:01 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 24
Default

how is this one?
Attached Images
 
lsager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 18, 2005, 7:02 PM   #6
DBB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,483
Default

lsager wrote:
Quote:
how is this one?
That is the Wood Duck in full plumage. How far were you from Mr. Duck?

Dave
DBB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 18, 2005, 7:02 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 24
Default

i did some thing wrong in the resize why is it blurry


lsager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 18, 2005, 7:03 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 24
Default

50 yds tops


lsager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 18, 2005, 7:07 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 24
Default

gffgf
lsager is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 18, 2005, 7:14 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 24
Default

test
Attached Images
 
lsager is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 5:37 PM.