Thursday, July 12

family Portrait

Ma Wood Duck and family just loafing in the morning sun. Pa was behind them on the shore. He was hardly noticeable in the lakeside plants, except for his bright red eyes. Drakes are molting out of breeding plumage and the males in particular are rather drab and tatty looking. Gone for the moment are the brilliant colors, being replaced by feathers that resemble their more conservative ladies. They will be in this eclipse plumage for several weeks and molt again into their characteristic flashy colors again in the fall.


Red said...

People usually like to show the flashy colors and omit the female and young. Great for showing the other side.

Caroline said...

You know, I never thought of that aspect before. You are right!