Wood Duck

Aix sponsaA female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) through several layers of wild. There were at least seven on the Pools recently. Aix sponsaTwo of the males. All the males were out of their harlequin breeding feathers, in eclipse plumage, and looked like abashed clowns who had trashed an orphanage after wiping off the greasepaint.

It looks like this species is becoming a regular breeder in Prospect Park… if a couple of years can mean “regular.”

1 Response to “Wood Duck”


  1. 1 Paul Lamb September 7, 2016 at 5:28 am

    “like abashed clowns who had trashed an orphanage” — that’s certainly an image!


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