Western Light: wood ducks

Wood ducks near Clear Creek. Photo by Melissa Bowersock

Wood ducks near Clear Creek. Photo by Melissa Bowersock

Wood ducks are not normally known to include Arizona in their range, but then wood ducks don't read, either. This mated pair were obviously in fine fettle--he looks to be in his most brilliant breeding colors, and she looks equally well-groomed. While she was keeping the lookout, he was more interested in preening his colorful plumage; no doubt all that finery requires a lot of care. The bird book says they like to nest in hollow trees, and there are plenty of those around Clear Creek. Maybe in a month or two, I'll see baby ducks.

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