Thanks JF, and many Thanks not1word ! The males sure look like someone went loose with a big box of crayons, don't they!
Yes, but does he go quack?
Cheers, Tony in New Zealand
Tony, are you a wise quacker?
Cheers, Jean in North Carolina, USA
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.
That's a very nice link to the call! My cat just perked up her ears.
Thanks Jean ! And I saw the mom with 7 little ducklings last week.
Oww yeah :D he looks very handsome!
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!
What incredible ducks. You have captured the pair perfectly here.
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!
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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