Thursday, February 9, 2012

World Bird Wednesday: Australian Wood Duck

It has become a "tradition", after regular doctor & specialist appointments, for Bec and I to find a photography spot to capture nature. It's our "pick-me-up" once a week/fortnight. Today didn't disappoint. After the appointment, I asked Bec to check Google Maps on her iPhone for a nearby lake. I knew there were plenty in the "Redlands" area. Today, we got so much more than we expected - not only birdlife, but more surprises. You will have to see what on my next post.

Todays featured bird is the Australian Wood Duck. The Australian Wood Duck is a medium-sized 'goose-like' duck with a dark brown head and a pale grey body with two black stripes along the back.

Males have the darker head and a small dark mane, with a speckled brown-grey breast and a black lower belly and undertail.




The females have a paler head with two white stripes, above and below the eye, a speckled breast and flanks, with a white lower belly and undertail.





A great couple, don't you think??

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18 comments:

Karin M. said...

Amazing.... great shots,
you have taken very well the ducks.
Best regards, Karin

BF said...

Beautiful duck and beautiful photos!!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow. Great shots. I especially like the one where the water ripples from the movement of the duck in the water.

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely images of your beautiful little Wood Duck... many thanks foe sharing.

Bec said...

Beautiful shots; you always manage to photograph birds perfectly!

mick said...

Great photos of the Wood Ducks. Around here I see them walking along the road side and over lawns. I know they must go to water sometime but I've not seen it.

Gary said...

Nice looking duck!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What eye catchers!

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful ducks, great captures.! Thanks for sharing your world bird.

Springman said...

Does Bec have the Iphone bird locater app?
This is a new bird for me, thanks for sharing these awesome photos. Take care Liz!
;-)WBW!

Kathy said...

Great duck photos. I am just now beginning to learn how to photograph them and I still have a lot to learn!

Sue H said...

Lovely photos!

Faye said...

What handsome birds! Especially love the speckled "belly" and the black "mohawk". Great idea to make something fun out of a not so enjoyable necessity.

Michael S-B said...

Great pictures! And thanks for the explanations: they are most helpful.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

holdingmoments said...

They certainly make a handsome couple.

TexWisGirl said...

they're beauties, but the tiniest of bills! cute!

Larry said...

These are awesome shots of your Australian Wood Ducks Liz! What a handsome couple they make!

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