Wood Duck drake

Wood Duck drakeWood Duck drake – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

Just a simple Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) drake image today. I found this handsome bird chasing around mallards on Lake Seminole , he was acting territorial. I have found Wood Ducks to be a challenge to photograph because of the high contrast in their plumage coloring. I want visible detail in the blacks and the whites plus the darks need to be light enough to show the iridescence blues, greens, purples, golds and aqua. When I photographed this drake I remember wishing that we had high thin clouds to diffuse the sunlight a bit. It still worked out okay though.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. I never tire of looking at wood ducks. You have captured this drake in all of its colorful glory!

  2. Beautiful shot, Mia. I love these guys, but don’t get many chances to see them here. You nailed it. :-)

  3. Great light and color on this Wood Duck drake.

  4. Excellent Photo Mia. I am still trying to get a good one of these for my files.

    • Reid, they are a challenge with the high contrast colors, the darks, whites, and bright reds. I hope I see more of them here in Utah so I can get more practice with them.

  5. Gorgeous image Mia, I have yet to come across this beauty:)

  6. Wonderful shot. I love these ducks. I was really stoked to see my first Wood Duck this spring.

  7. FANTASTIC photo!!!! I love all your posts. A real treat!

  8. yes, yes yes..the colors are magnificent. What a great photo..

  9. I find these ducks to be so beautiful. You got every detail here. Wonderful image!

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