Tag Archives: Wood Duck

Early Morning Wood Ducks

A group of Wood Ducks had the Alligator ramp to themselves on one recent morning.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

Stretching and preening, I saw a few flashes of blue.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

In lookout position, this one seemed ready to signal a retreat, one foot over the edge.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

But they stayed spread out and stayed for a few photos.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

August 31, 2021

Make Way – Wood Duck Ducklings

I was quite surprised to spot young ducklings last week at Ravenswood Pond, thinking the season was past. I continued on my walk not expecting to see them again as they tend to make a beeline for the other side of the pond.
Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

But, when I passed back by the ducklings were up near the shore. They quickly headed back out into the pond.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

Which way?

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

They regrouped and stayed together for as long as I could spot them.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

The mother didn’t show any concern.

Female Wood Duck
Female Wood Duck

For context, here is a pulled back view. Those ducklings are out there somewhere, tucked under the vegetation somewhere between mama and the juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Wood Duck - Where Are the Ducklings
Wood Duck – Where Are the Ducklings?

Wood Duck Ducklings

It was late afternoon and the light bad on pond of duck weed but I could not resist the Wood Duck family.

Female Wood Duck with Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Ducklings

I counted 20 ducklings, although with all their scrambling around it’s hard to be sure.

Female Wood Duck with Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Ducklings

The ducklings followed momma without hesitation as I’m sure she was looking for a safe place for the night.

Female Wood Duck with Ducklings
Female Wood Duck with Ducklings

Two Male Wood Ducks

I don’t visit this little pond often. It’s a bit off the beaten path, a mosquito haven, and most wildlife I’ve spotted there has made a fast exit before I could take any pictures.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

These two Wood Ducks made it worth my while on an afternoon walk last week.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

They did make an exit, but it was rather slow, hardly making a ripple in the duckweed.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

The moment I put my camera down they flew.

Wood Ducks on Branch

A pair of Wood Ducks was perched on a low branch over the duckweed  covered pond on a recent drab day.

Pair of Wood Ducks on Branch
Pair of Wood Ducks on Branch

You can just make out a bit of blue feathers; it’s hard to tell if these are adult females or this year’s young starting to change.

Wood Duck on Branch
Wood Duck on Branch

I spotted a few others further out in the pond, maybe some of the ducklings I saw back in May.

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

These two Wood Ducks were sunning on the end of an Alligator platform until I passed by.

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

Actually, there had been three; one had dropped into the water as I rounded the bend.

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

The other two seemed to be communicating…

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

… stay, or go?

Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform
Wood Duck Duo on Alligator Platform

The female made up her mind and jumped feet first into the pond.

Wood Duck Duo, One Jumps
Wood Duck Duo, One Jumps

The male made a showier exit…

Wood Duck Duo, Second Jumps
Wood Duck Duo, Second Jumps

and a delicate splash down.

Wood Duck Duo, Splash
Wood Duck Duo, Splash