Redhead drake portrait

Redhead drake portraitRedhead drake portrait – Nikon D300, tripod mounted, f8, 1/320, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The sun came out for a few hours yesterday afternoon so I went to a pond near where I live and photographed some of the ducks including this very confiding Redhead drake. The drake came so close at times that I opted to take portraits of him.

Redheads are medium sized diving ducks and they do breed in Utah. This drake is in his breeding plumage and I suspect that it won’t be long before he and others of his kind have mating on their minds.

An interesting tidbit of information is that many female Redheads lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks instead of making nests of their own.

It was SO delightful to see the sun shining along with big open skies and a few fluffy clouds for a bit yesterday. I needed that “pick me up”.


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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. How very, very beautiful. Plumage like that would certainly attract me.
    I hope you get some more sunshine today…

  2. A very handsome fellow indeed!

  3. Gorgeous close-up with the water drops.

  4. Outstanding, Mia! I just saw a few thousand of his closest friends last week! They should be headed home soon.

  5. Superb photo. Very rich in color.

  6. Beautiful shot, Mia. He did come really close.

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