Wood Ducks
Male and Female Wood Ducks. Picture by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- part 4

These ducks are some of the most stunning and eye catching that you will see on ponds and lakes around North America. They are a sexually dimorphic species which means males (left) and females (right) look different.

These birds live in wooded swamps, where they nest in holes in trees or in nest boxes put up around lake margins. Hence the name!

Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.

After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury.


 

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