Redhead drake portrait

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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. I like how this Redhead drake portrait shows the fine details in the feathers, the duck’s eye and gives me a close look at the bill.

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”.



  1. Elephant's Child February 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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

  2. Larry Jordan February 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    A very handsome fellow indeed!

  3. Jane Chesebrough February 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Gorgeous close-up with the water drops.

  4. Wally February 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

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

  5. Montanagirl February 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Superb photo. Very rich in color.

  6. Cheryl Valdez February 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful shot, Mia. He did come really close.

  7. Ricky Jones February 11, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Very handsome!

  8. Bob Bushell February 11, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful image Mia.

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