Wood Ducks are quite gorgeous! I was happy beyond measure to have seen a double family of Wood Ducks on the Dead River in Central Florida on Friday, April 25, 2014. Friends of mine invited me out for a day-long boating journey and we enjoyed seeing a lot of riparian wildlife.
This particular group of Wood Ducks was amazing! There were two father drakes, two mother hens, and twenty-three ducklings! What a sight! I noticed several duck boxes along the banks of this rather lake-like river. This river gets its name from the geographical characteristic of the river dead-ending into land and having a very slow current. Yes, the Dead River is full of life and I am so glad! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I was out with the camera yesterday afternoon at pond-side and accidentally startled the little family of Wood Ducks. Mama quickly led her trio of ducklings away from the shore and way out onto the pond and across to the other shore. She had hidden her ducklings in amongst the tall reeds where I did not at first spot them. The Wood Ducks are quite shy and unlike the gregarious Mallards, just don’t want to be around humans.
These ducks eat insects and tiny pond animals so I think there may be delicious worms and snails around in the reeds and rushes to tempt the ducklings. I did not see the drake out this afternoon. He may be resting or away with some of the other males at the nearby lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
By the way, the famed once-in-a-lifetime event, “The Transit of Venus” will happen late this afternoon (time for the United States of America views). I am going to observe by watching on the NASA website (this is an address reference for you)<http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/nasaedge/>. Never directly look at the Sun as you could become blinded. Treat this as if you were going to watch a Solar Eclipse.