There are a small flock of resident Wood Ducks here on the little farm pond. These ducks have likely already paired up and are nesting in the nearby trees. There are also a few lone bachelors around as well. Yesterday I was out with the camera and heard the familiar whistle quack of the Wood Ducks. I saw a couple of drakes on the pond and there also was a pair floating happily on the other shoreline near the reeds.
All of the sudden, first one drake took to the skies and then the pair followed. These are quick ducks both on the water and in the air! The male or drake is brightly colored and the hen is a much plainer brown with white. I am very happy that the Wood Ducks are around here. I like having a variety of waterfowl here. I took these pictures in my yard on 5/17/12. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!