Last February; when there was actually snow on the ground, I photographed a pair of Redhead ducks at a pond near where I live. The drake kept a close eye on the hen and was rarely more than 20 feet from her but most of the time he was within just a few feet.
They hung around close to the shore of the pond where they probably were expecting handouts from the folks that bring bread there to feed the birds. I wish the city would put up signs explaining how bread is bad for the ducks. They sure didn’t get any bread from me.
This image just makes me smile. It shows well why Redheads are called “diving ducks” and I like how I caught the hen just before she went under the water.
Redhead hens build the nests, incubate and brood the young and some female Redheads parasitize other duck nests but occasionally they will lay eggs in American Coot, Sora, American Bittern and even Northern Harrier nests. I wouldn’t think that Redhead ducklings would last long in a harrier nest.
I wonder if this pair of Redheads will come back to the same pond in Salt Lake County this year.
Life is good.