Gorgeous duck

The migratory birds are back!

Last weekend, I spotted a colorful one on the Rivière-des-Prairies by my home – the Wood Duck.

The male has an intricate plumage – glossy green head with prominent crest at the rear, white throat, bright red eyes, and red-and-white bill.

The female has a warm brown plumage with a grayer slightly crested head, white a teardrop patch around the eyes, and a dark blue patch in wings.

This species is monogamous and the male remains with the same female during the whole breeding season. The male uses its beautiful plumage to attract the female by exposing and moving its wings and tail, and raising them frequently. I witnessed its dance today – great show!

What other birds will I discover this year? I will keep you posted.

4 thoughts on “Gorgeous duck

  1. Beautiful photos! I love the water patterns/smoothness in these photos too, it’s come out beautifully! (I’ve been out this week photographing birds on our local lake and blogging about them too – lots to see now it’s spring!)

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