My laptop’s desktop is crowded with folders of bird photos. I started my lifetime bird list several months ago, and then fell way behind in posting the photos. I hope to catch up little by little in the coming weeks.
One of my folders I titled “Ducks in a tree.”
I first saw ducks in the trees in March of 2010, our first spring in this house. I assumed they were Mallard ducks, and the poor quality photo I managed to take did little to discount that theory.
I saw the ducks in the trees again this year and I was going to put together a post with recent Mallard duck photos from my walks at the Voice of America park, and my photos of the ducks in the tree that I took about a month ago.
This time I was using my new zoom lens, and the ducks accommodated me by landing in a big Sycamore tree close to our house.
I’m not bird expert, as you’ve probably guessed by now, but even I could tell upon closer examination that this duck with its white markings did not look like the Mallard ducks I had photographed at the VOA.
This explains to some degree why people were surprised that I saw ducks in the trees. I’m not sure Mallard ducks perch in trees.
But Wood Ducks do. And if you look closely at my photo from 2010, you can see the white diagonal marking on the side of the male duck in the tree. I believe this is the same pair who stopped here before, although I’m pretty sure the garden inspectors I posted about in March are Mallard Ducks.
Like most species, the female Wood Duck isn’t nearly as colorful, although she does wear an interesting mask.
I’m wondering what the feet look like, but from here they look like regular webbed duck feet. It’s amazing that they can stand in the trees.
The female moved around a little bit, gradually getting closer to the male.
I love this photo where she flies up to join him.
It almost seemed like they were speaking to each other. And if truth be known, like most other creatures, they must have a way to communicate. I love watching animal pairs, animal parents, and animal families. Amazing.
Here’s one for my lifetime bird list.