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Ducks take to the trees

Ducks take to the trees. It isn’t too often you see a duck hanging out in the tree but here you go. Wood Ducks are a bit different from most waterfowl is that they do actually perch and nest in trees. While I have photographed them before, it has always been in a more traditional setting like swimming on a pond.

On Sunday while hanging out along the South Platte River I noticed a number of these guys flying around and landing in the trees. It certainly seemed out of place. The terrain prevented me from getting a better look but I managed a few, distant captures.

These images don’t do a good job showing it but Wood Ducks, particularly the drakes (males), truly are some of the most colorful ducks you can imagine.

A pair of Wood Ducks hang out in the trees along the South Platte River.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Wood Ducks hang out in the trees along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Wood Duck drake hangs out in the trees along the South Platte River.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Wood Duck drake hangs out in the trees along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Wood Ducks hang out in the trees along the South Platte River.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Wood Ducks hang out in the trees along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Wood Ducks and a Starling hang out in the trees along the South Platte River.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Wood Ducks and a Starling hang out in the trees along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

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