How much wood could a wood duck chuck if a wood duck could chuck wood?

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kamalyn on May 4, 2009

Thanks JF, and many Thanks not1word ! The males sure look like someone went loose with a big box of crayons, don't they!

Tony Reid on May 30, 2009

Yes, but does he go quack?

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

Jean Gregory Evans on May 30, 2009

Tony, are you a wise quacker?

Cheers, Jean in North Carolina, USA

kamalyn on May 31, 2009

Thanks Tony and Jean - well, I bet you think the answer there is obvious, but it's not. The answer is NO !! They have a really strange whistling chirp - totally incongruous to a duck! In fact, you'd both likely quack up if you heard it ;)

When I was watching these guys, I was wondering where the strange whistling I was hearing was coming from - took quite a while to realize it was the wood ducks! Here's a page that has a link to their call about halfway down.

Jean Gregory Evans on August 9, 2009

That's a very nice link to the call! My cat just perked up her ears.


kamalyn on August 9, 2009

Thanks Jean ! And I saw the mom with 7 little ducklings last week.

Ritva Astikainen on January 10, 2010

Oww yeah :D he looks very handsome!

kamalyn on January 14, 2010

LOL Ippa - I think those males use their gorgeous plumage and their eyes to mesmerize the females, so they don't even mind when the guys then just take off when the real works starts!

C. Johnston on April 30, 2010

What incredible ducks. You have captured the pair perfectly here.

kamalyn on May 5, 2010

Thanks Cathy! They really are beauties. The irony of this shot is that I think it's the first time I'd finally seen some of these, and I've never been able to catch them like this since. Cheers!

Conrad Nay on May 12, 2010

Nicely captioned!

The answer of course, is that the Wood Duck could chuck just as much wood as a Wood Duck could chuck if a Wood Duck could chuck wood.

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  • Uploaded on April 26, 2009
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    by kamalyn
    • Taken on 2009/04/26 14:28:08
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