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The Next Generation

It's been a really successful breeding season for the Wood Ducks at Mud Lake. Independent juveniles are everywhere now. This group by the bridge was in a perfect place for photographs.

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Look closely (or at wallpaper res) and you can see the red eye of the male in front, a harbinger of the gaudy plumage he'll wear in maturity.

It was one of those golden moments when the sun was splashing all the surrounding colors onto the water.

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Mustang Sallie
September 18th, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Love that last picture! The water looks so colorful it's almost unreal.

September 20th, 2013 at 3:48 pm
Thanks! There were some early fall colors around and they were reflecting off the water in the afternoon sun.

September 19th, 2013 at 8:14 am
I like... ducks often look happy. The water is also really neat in these... yay lighting!

September 20th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
These are beautiful birds, and I think your photos really bring that out.
You even captured the water droplets on the last pair!