Redhead Drake at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

A Redhead shaking it up on the refugeA Redhead shaking it up on the refuge – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Redheads at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge are getting closer to being in their breeding plumage which they normally show from October through June. The last Redhead that I posted here on my blog was a much paler version of this drake but his colors will be much bolder soon.

A Redhead drake in camo colored waterA Redhead drake in camo colored water – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1000, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I was only able to get close enough to this Redhead drake yesterday to photograph at the refuge as the rest of them stayed too far away for high quality images. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be able to photograph this drake or others that are in their full breeding plumage at the refuge.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover September 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I agree with Ricardo, outstanding image; didn’t know about their breeding plumage.

  2. Ricardo September 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    The second shot looks like a watercolor. It could be painted with a very limited palette of earth colors. Very nice.

  3. Elephant's Child September 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    In that first shot, he looks as if he is whistling. And he deserves a wolf-whistle (despite the wrongness of that phrase) already.

  4. Bob mcpherson September 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Nice, Mia

  5. Alex (stu) September 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Wonderful, I love how everything is color matched.. And such fine detail on the duck. Look forward to the breeding plumage version.

  6. Patty Chadwick September 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Beautiful, rich colors! This bird, like the cignets, seems to be riding pretty low in the water….

  7. Deborah September 21, 2015 at 6:03 am

    So very Ducky, Mia! Beautiful photographs!

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