Project 365 / Day 70 – A Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

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Would you believe it took me over five trips and countless miles to try to locate one of these beauties. Thankfully, being a member of the Anne Arundel County Bird Club with an active facebook page a number of people heard me lament about my inability to find one. A friend would text me “Wood duck here” and I’d rush over there within a half an hour and the duck would be gone. Yep, I believe I’m beginning to become a bit duck blind.

But one person knew of a wood duck that has become practically domesticated and lives in a small fenced in retaining pond near Baltimore airport. So off I went this morning, with a bag of corn in the trunk hoping for good fortune. Indeed he was there, and even gave me a bathing show.

While there, I watched this pair of male mallards in a big fight. Clearly one was a bigger bully than the other.

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It sure ended up being a great duck day. It shows that perseverance does pay off.

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Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that?

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.

We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

Marie Curie

45 thoughts on “Project 365 / Day 70 – A Wood Duck

  1. I love the photos, but I’m so jealous! I have tried countless times for a clear shot of a wood duck, and the only ones I have gotten are of the females. Around here, the males are extremely secretive and stay hidden most of the time.

    • I would imagine Jerry. I’ve had a hard time finding a wild Wood Duck. I’ve been told that this one was from an owner that gave up on them and sold them. He had been farm raised. An acquaintance put the drake along with a hen in this pond. The hen is now MIA.

  2. Wow what a beautiful, elegant fight – I mean seriously! Great photography, love the pools of silky water surrounding these lovely ducks. I’ll bet you had a ball watching your find, these guys are showstoppers.

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