Time For Some Woodies




We need some rain very badly right now. If nothing else, I could use some more water so I get my kayak out for some wood duck photography! Here are a few I’ve captured in the past few years: These are all drakes (males), which are very colorful ducks. Very skittish, though, as they are […]

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The Name Says It All!




I just love it whenever I come across wildlife that is self-described by it’s common name! One such example is the Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). I am fortunate to have this beautifully colored duck in my area from spring to late fall. When kayaking, I often see single wood ducks, or pairs of them, and […]

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Sure Sign of Fall




You know it’s fall whenever the Wood Ducks start grouping in large groups and preparing to migrate to warmer climates: All of these images were shot from the kayak, about a week ago. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 560mm Handheld from […]

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A Group of Woodies




Yesterday’s kayak outing was pretty uneventful with regards to beaver activity. Again, they were inside the lodge, gnawing on wood pieces they transported inside … hmmm, seems like they’re active outside the lodge on an every-other-day basis! But I did manage to capture some other interesting wildlife, including a pair of juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks (I’ll […]

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Fun Friday: Where the Boys Are




I believe that was the name of an old Connie Francis movie or song. In this instance, it is a group of Wood Duck drakes (males), flying after a Wood Duck hen (female). While kayaking this week, Wood Ducks were very common as they are tending to band into somewhat large groups as we start […]

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Are Your Ducks All in Order?




All good duck hens, including these Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa), have their little ducklings in line! I saw my first-of-year Wood Ducks in the area a couple of days ago, which prompted this post. Nesting should commence pretty soon. Wood ducks normally have two clutches every year in our area. I always look forward to […]

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Those Gorgeous Wood Ducks




(I’m busy collecting some new images this morning, so I’m re-posting a blog post of some favorite images I captured in my kayak, and published ~ 3 years ago. Enjoy!) My last time out kayaking, late last week before our weekend storms moved in, was quite fruitful for me. My main objective was to capture […]

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Foggy Beginnings




During my last kayak outing, I was blessed to have some dense fog around me for the first hour on the water. While I was paddling the area, I noticed a Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) darting between the heavy aquatic foliage, followed by her 2 ducklings:   If you follow my blog, you know that […]

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Two Men and A Hen




(This post originally published in October 2010) No frills or long stories for today’s post. Just a photo, taken from my kayak, a couple of years ago at a local, Missouri Conservation Area. This image shows a trio of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) flying overhead, two males (drakes) and one hen (female). The Wood Duck […]

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WooHoo, the Ducks are Here!




(This post originally published in October 2010) D-Day (“Duck Day”) is finally here … the annual fall migration has begun and the first of the ducks have arrived in west-central Missouri. Located along the Mississippi flyway, we see many different species of ducks/geese during the spring and fall migrations. Over the past 2 days, I […]

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