Most people agree that the wood duck is our most beautiful duck in the U.S. So exotic looking. They are year-round residents in the Puget Sound region, but I had never seen one before. So when I saw this guy swimming towards the view platform at Twin Ponds Park in April 2015 I almost lost my composure I was so thrilled.
Unfortunately, between my excitement and only having been out a few times with my new camera, I didn’t notice the slow shutter speed while I was maniacally snapping pictures. I thought I had captured all kinds of great close-ups, only to discover once home that all but three of my photos were a bit fuzzy, and the three were only just barely okay. (Insert the quiet whimpering of a disappointed photographer wannabe here.)
Still a great looking bird though!
2 thoughts on “Wood Duck”
It is a gorgeous bird! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one in real life either.
Evidently they tend to like shallow water with lots of trees around. So they’re usually found in kinda swampy areas, or small ponds like this one. I didn’t know that until I was reading about them before posting this, but it explains why they aren’t seen nearly as often as ducks that like lakes. You’re more likely to see one on a hike in the woods than at a park. I saw two of them on another trip to Twin Ponds in the summer.
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