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Wood Ducks were spotted at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida on Tuesday, January 4, 2017.  I had an errand in Ocala so we decided to check on what was going on wildlife-wise at Tuscawilla.  Mostly ducks, cormorants, ibis, and a few Wood Storks.  No pelicans or herons at all on that occasion.

The Wood Ducks are especially beautiful.  Notice that one of the hens is very light in color.  I may have photographed this leucastic hen two years ago there.  The leucastic color is just a faded color on the feathers and is a rare condition, probably a genetic mutation.

Wood Ducks eat fish, crayfish, frogs, tender small turtles, and aquatic insects for the most part.  Occasionally they will also eat grains and fruit.  They nest up perhaps ten feet or more in trees where the ducklings glide out onto the ground as pretty-much new hatchlings.  That always amazes me.  The nests are usually in hollowed out spaces in trees or in specially made “Duck boxes” on posts on the immediate shore or in the water on poles.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Wood Ducks at Tuscawilla Park" (7)

  1. Hello, the Wood Ducks are beautful. The male is so colorful. Great shots. Enjoy your day!

  2. They sure are pretty! You’re lucky to have them around.

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, they are pretty. I wish we had some in numbers here on the local lake. This lake is about 30 miles up the road in Ocala. I used to live in the Ocala area a few years ago. Have a wonderful day today!

  3. Beautiful captures of a beautiful duck!

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