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And This Is Why They Call Them Wood Ducks

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Comments (20)

whoelius on April 4, 2010

It's so sharp it looks like you might have Photoshop'd it in!

Bits-n-Pieces on April 4, 2010

Thanks who*! But I'd never have even dreamed of putting a duck in a tree if I hadn't seen this!

Nottincommand1 on April 4, 2010

Back in the days of my camera club membership, a lot of competition judges would have accused us of putting a stuffed duck in a tree saying 'Ducks just DONTnest in trees.

Well spotted and shot.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 5, 2010

Thanks geomancer! LOL - would photographers ever really play tricks like that? ;) Getting this shot was amusing, since I had wasted about 20 shots of distant silhouettes of a group 3 of these ducks up in trees, then came around a corner and was right under a real show by this duck and his intended mate flirting around and looking for nice nest holes. Makes it worth getting out there early in the morning!

Laurel211 on April 5, 2010

Good one Bitsy, I've never seen a duck in a tree.

Marbiz on April 5, 2010

Hey Bits, great photo. I've heard some types of ducks do nest in trees, I've even seen documentaries of ducklings fall out of their nests and roll and bounce along the ground. Its quite funny actually. :)

Norrel on April 5, 2010

Only Bostonian ducks behave like this one.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 6, 2010

Thanks Laurel, marbiz and Norrel! Marbiz I'm envious that you've seen a documentary about them. I haven't, and it seems so unbelievable that the day-old ducklings jump about 30 feet to the ground and are just fine. I've been finding quite a few pairs paddling around woodland pools, but it would sure be interesting to figure out where a nest site is and watch them and a month or two.

And LOL, Norrel - I guess that's just because Bostonian Ducks are smarter than your average duck! Actually, Bostonian ducks are so smart, they even have storybooks and statues about them!

someGuyinmasset on April 7, 2010

Great shot Bits!

kamalyn on April 7, 2010

well we thank you very much Guy! many birders would be very very envious of this shot. But here on Pan, the woodie you've posted is MUCH more popular than this one I've posted!

someGuyinmasset on April 7, 2010

Yes it's a beautiful pic, but wouldn't it be fantastic to have our shots merged, your woodie perched on mine, now that would be a shot!

whoelius on April 7, 2010

Guy posted his woodie?

kamalyn on April 7, 2010

lol, you'll have to go to his page and see for yourself! But at least MY photo is acceptable for Google Earth!

Ha-ha Guy - but I just didn't show the end of the branch here!

Itallica on April 8, 2010

Any relation to wood chucks?

Marbiz on April 8, 2010

Hey K, Here's one to watch. Bouncing ducklings. I think I saw it on a documentary by famous UK naturalist David Attenborough. Happy watching! :)

Bits-n-Pieces on April 9, 2010

Wow marbiz - Thanks so much that's GREAT! And I've been seeing so many pairs around, it would sure be nice to be able to find a nest to watch and possibly catch that in person. Still seems so incredible to me - but there on my page is the family with seven ducklings in the water, so obviously they can survive those amazing jumps.

LOL, Tery - only in rhyme ;)

Marbiz on April 9, 2010

Ooops Bits, I got that one wrong didn't I? Glad you enjoyed it.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 9, 2010

LOL, M! Since that Kamalyn person was posting comments here claiming it was her photo, you're easily excused! Plus it was such a cool link I couldn't mind at all. ;)

JohnyTopaz on September 1, 2010

Ever see that Planet Earth video of the ducklings jumping out of the nest onto a bed of leaves? It's hilarious! And quite amazing. They are such beautiful ducks, as you have shown here:)

JohnyTopaz on September 1, 2010

(oops - I see marbiz gave you a link to that same clip. It's great!)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 3, 2010
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2010/04/02 07:59:46
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
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