Female Wood Duck


The Wood Duck is strikingly different looking than other North American ducks. It builds it nests in the trees, in natural hollows or cavities. It has claws as well as webbed feet, swims well and flies very strongly. The Wood Duck generally doesn't flock or even associate with other waterfowl. This hen, fortunately for us, calls the Reifel Bird Sanctuary home. While she is quite shy in comparison with the other ducks at the sanctuary, she is very gregarious for her species - helping to make this photograph.