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Wood Duck  - Aix sponsa

Wood Duck - Aix sponsa

Mid-sized migratory duck able to perch on trees. Males have colorful feathers and the species used to be hunted for its feathers leading almost to extinction in early 20th Century.

Common Names

How to Identify

Males colorful feathers around the head are unique and allow identification. Females have a yellow ring around the eyes surrounded by white ring of feathers. Both have a red washed out beak with a black tip.

Where & When to Spot

Wood Duck is a migratory bird spending winter in southern areas in the USA. While staying around Montreal, the species can be observed on ponds in forest areas. My favorite spot to watch this bird is Parc de Prairies during Spring.

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

A wood duck among wood. I had to take this shot as it the duck settings so beautiful matches its name.

park-des-prairies - April 10, 2021

NIKON Z 6; 70-200mm f/2.8; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f2.8; Iso 180;
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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Female on its own floating quietly on Mont-Royal's lake.

Park Mont-Royal - October 03, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;
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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Male taking care of female as it is spring it may be part of the courtship behavior

Park Mont-Royal - May 03, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 180mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;
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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Rapids Park Lachine - November 16, 2013

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215.0 mm; Focal Length 84mm; Exposure 1/125; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;
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