Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wood Duck

The Wood Duck (Scientific name - Aix sponsa) is the most colourful duck in North America. It is a medium sized duck that breeds in the Southern part of Canada and Northern U.S.A.  While the majority of the species migrate South for the winter, a high percentage of those in the Pacific Flyway are year round residents. 
The adult males are the most colourful with red eyes and multicoloured iridescent plumage. The female is mainly brown with a distinctive white eye ring. 

All the photos were taken at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The top two photos in April 2012, the third photo in August 2012 and the bottom photo of the juvenile in January 2011.


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