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Old Apr 11, 2007, 8:52 PM   #1
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It was such a windy and snowy day the lake was out, so I took a walk around a city pond looking for herons. Found none, but threw bread to the Wood Ducks and took a few pictures. These guys are not a whole lot larger then a city pigeon.

Female, front view


Female, back and side view


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Male with flash. (It was a gloomy day)


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A beautiful duck. By coincidence, I am in the process of building about 6 wood duck nesting house to place in the bayou. I am hoping to attract some. About 3 miles upstream from me there are quite a few.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 9:37 PM   #3
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A beautiful duck. By coincidence, I am in the process of building about 6 wood duck nesting house to place in the bayou. I am hoping to attract some. About 3 miles upstream from me there are quite a few.
You had better hurry. It seems like these guys are getting ready to breed, and you are way ahead of us. Although, maybe they do a few broods each year in warmer climates.
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Great job! All very sharp pictures. I love the paterns and reflected shadows in the water of #1.....#2 is great too...and the colors on #3 and 4 are vibrant.

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Old Apr 11, 2007, 10:45 PM   #5
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Great job! All very sharp pictures. I love the paterns and reflected shadows in the water of #1.....#2 is great too...and the colors on #3 and 4 are vibrant.

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Thanks. A pity that first duck was not a bit back in the puddle to get a complete reflection of the bird, but I do like that fence reflection myself. In shot two where you can see the fence, these guys go right through the fence. They all (more then a dozen) flew over it when a jogger with dogs came, but then they came back through it to get more treats.
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A pity that first duck was not a bit back in the puddle to get a complete reflection of the bird, but I do like that fence reflection myself.
I too like the strpes on the water, it kinda matches the colouring on the ducks chest with the vertical flecks. Yeah a full reflection would have been awesome, but this is still a pretty unique looking shot.
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Amazing ducks come in such colors! The ripples in #1are well caught.
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Nice shots Happy, the male is particularly well marked. The effect of the ripples and reflections in the puddle on pic 1 are nice.

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Very nice work Happy, I like the male ducks the most.

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Old Apr 12, 2007, 3:40 PM   #10
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You got snow too? These ducks have amazing design indeed. Nice shots. I don't think I have ever seen outside a zoo.
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