Lost A Wood Duck

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Teresa captured this photo of this Wood Duck while I was flying my drone. I took my larger lens over to try and get a photo with more resolution, but lost the duck somewhere. That happens. This is a good shot considering the distance and crop.

Wikipedia has this to say about the Wood Duck:

"Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations. Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators.[5] Unlike most other ducks, the wood duck has sharp claws for perching in trees and can, in southern regions, produce two broods in a single season—the only North American duck that can do so."

"Females typically lay between 7 and 15 white-tan eggs that incubate for an average of 30 days.[4] However, if nesting boxes are placed too close together, females may lay eggs in the nests of their neighbours, which may lead to nests which may contain as many as 30 eggs and unsuccessful incubation, a behaviour known as "nest dumping."

"After hatching, the ducklings climb to the opening of the nest cavity, 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. They prefer nesting over water so the young have a soft landing, but will nest up to 140 m (460 ft) away from the shoreline. The day after they hatch, the young climb to the nest entrance and jump to the ground. The ducklings can swim and find their own food by this time."

These birds feed by dabbling or walking on land. Dabbling means to search for food from the surface of the water, as opposed to diving underneath the surface to scavenge for food. They mainly eat berries, acorns, and seeds, but also insects, making them omnivores.

~ Rick


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Two For One

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We took so many photos of Great Blue Herons last week. I love this one because of how his reflection captures him. It’s a two for one deal:).

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That Crazy Guy With The Camera Again

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I would love to listen in on this conversation. I mean, what could they be taking about? The weather? Maybe the crazy guy on the bridge taking their photo. I’m sure that’s it.

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Looking For Breakfast!

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We took a drive up to Grand Lake St. Marys on Tuesday. We didn’t see much, but we did capture photos of a large number of Great Blue Herons. This one was my favorite.

We made a video too. I added some photos from around the county. Enjoy!!

~ Rick


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Algae Mustache?

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If you look closely at this male MalIard, you will noice the algae that he has at the base of his bill. This reminded me of a milk mustache after enjoying milk and cookies .. something I enjoyed as a young boy (and maybe much later in life too). Those are very good memories.

Just before I snapped this photo, two or three of his friends flew away. He stayed put. I guess they were hiding their algae mustache.

~ Rick

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