Saturday, July 20

drab, drab, Drab

Mallard drake, July

Wood duck hen and drake, July
Field guides always illustrate waterfowl in their gorgeous breeding plumage, but come July, you wouldn't recognize these dandies! They are all molting in to eclipse plumage for 6-8 weeks, now that breeding season is over. They look very much like their womenfolk for a while. Come fall, they will be in their lovely, iridescent plumage again.


1 comment:

dinascitywildlife.com said...

That's a beautiful shot of the wood duck. I can't imagine them ever being drab.