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 Wood Duck 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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  1. Julie Brown October 25, 2012 at 3:53 am

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

  2. Bob Zeller October 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks Bob, I was pleased with the results I got with this drake.

  3. Laurence Butler October 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Stunning Mia!

  4. M. Firpi October 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Great light and color on this Wood Duck drake.

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Maria, they are beautiful ducks.

  5. Reid Barclay October 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      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.

  6. Susan October 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I hope that you see a Wood Duck soon Susan!

  7. Scott (@NESASK) October 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

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

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you Scott, they are terrific subjects and beautiful ducks.

  8. Nicole October 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

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

  9. Syl October 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

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

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Syl, wood ducks are gorgeous.

  10. Julie Brown October 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

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

  11. Bob Bushell October 20, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Great photo Mia.

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you Bob, they are great subjects.

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