Mostly images of birds found in our region of Northampton County, NC.
(Image above is Potecasi Creek at Burnt Bridges)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wood Duck

The colorful male Wood Duck, Aix sponsa, is a favorite down at Burnt Bridges.  These two shots were taken about 4 years apart.  I don't know if it is the same individual or not.  They always appear to have been hand painted.  I keep telling myself I need to put a nest box down ther, but I seem to forget it until it is too late.  They are known to nest as high as 30 to 40 feet over the water.  The babies leave the nest a day after hatching, plopping down into the water unharmed and ready to follow mama.

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