Thursday, April 23, 2015

You scratch my neck and I will . . . .‏

Wood ducks are pairing up in preparation for breeding. The gorgeous male of this pair at Urfer Park in Sarasota, FL, was preening the drab female by tickling her neck.  He just might expect something in return !  Wood ducks nest in tree cavities so the female is not visible to predators but her camouflaged pattern could help if she is hiding the babies after they hatch.

Bill Dunson

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