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.



  1. Humming Bird Lover November 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Thank you Mom! He was a handsome drake.

  2. Wally November 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

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

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Wally, I probably use a tripod less than 1 percent of the time I spend shooting but when you need to use one it is great to have them! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Prairie Birder November 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Terrific photo, Mia, the colors are so vibrant!

  4. Larry Jordan November 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

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

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Larry, I hope I get the chance to photograph more Ring-necked Ducks on the pond this winter.

  5. Bob Bushell November 23, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Oh, beautiful photo, cheers Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Bob, he was a beautiful drake.

  6. Susan November 23, 2012 at 6:25 am

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

  7. Tim Schreckengost November 23, 2012 at 5:19 am

    That’s a fantastic photo Mia!

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