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Male Wood Ducks have such amazing colors! This one, in full breeding plumage after a molt, looks as though he’s saying, “look how handsome I am”, although really he’s just shaking off water after a dive to look for food.
Photo taken in fall of 2016, in Littleton, Colorado
From Wikipedia: “The wood duck or Carolina duck (Aix sponsa) is a species of perching duck found in North America. It is one of the most colorful North American waterfowl. Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available. Females line their nests with feathers and other soft materials, and the elevation provides some protection from predators.”