Do you want your holiday gifts to be vivid and remembered all year? Explore Doc Ellen’s wild aviary at https://docellentinsley.smugmug.com for prints and wall art. And while there find yourself a splash of color for your wall or your desktop – perhaps this wood duck drake would do just fine. Thanks for taking a look! Peace and grace, Doc Ellen.
Either I was slow with my reactions, or, wood ducks are very fast. Come to find out, they easily cruise at 50 mph which is probably why I had to track them three times across the cove before I got a couple of photos. And, yes, the drake’s eye really is red. I also like the white eye-liner teardrop of the hen.
There are 11 different species in this stroll. Two of the species I don’t often see at Jordan Lake: the winter wren and the rusty blackbird. Enjoy the wandering!
Petruchio returning to the First Nest after pushing an osprey back to the east side of the cove.
A beaver on an early morning swim back towards his dam.
This mallard drake was traveling so fast with his hen, that I missed getting her in the photo.
A ring-billed gull with a mouthful of fish fresh caught on the surface of the lake.
Wood duck drake starting to glow with his breeding colors.
In the winter you can find two varieties of kinglets at the lake.
This is a golden-crowned kinglet pouting at me.
Here is the other kinglet. A ruby-crowned kinglet popping his ruby-crown at me when I startled him.