Ring-necked Duck Drake

Ring-necked Duck drakeRing-necked Duck drake – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f8, 1/800, ISO 250, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I photographed this drake Ring-necked Duck in breeding plumage a few years ago on a pond not far from where I live. He was a “one day wonder”, meaning it was the only day I found him on the pond. Lesser and Great Scaup drakes look similar but Ring-necked Duck males are easy to tell apart from them because of the white outline on the bill and the white spur on the flank.

I’m able to use a tripod at this pond and get close to the birds because they are habituated to human foot traffic at the pond. I use a Carbon Fiber tripod and a Gimbal style Jobu Black Widow head.


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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. Humming Bird Lover

    Hi! What a beautiful Bird and so grand a pose. You sure do get great shots!

  2. Really nice detail. It’s amazing what a difference a tripod can make. I need to develop the discipline to use it more often!

  3. Terrific photo, Mia, the colors are so vibrant!

  4. A spectacular shot of a very handsome drake! Love that catch light in the pupil, it gives this guy a very special look!

  5. Oh, beautiful photo, cheers Mia.

  6. What a lovely photo, thanks so much for the info on id, I always struggle with it, this should make it much simpler:)

  7. That’s a fantastic photo Mia!

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