by Tara Tanaka
Mom with her 19 babies!
Where Baby Wood Ducks Come From
In this video a Wood Duck hen enters the box and then leaves in about 15 minutes, but not before looking around quite a bit. Soon a second hen entered, but after only a couple of minutes appeared in the entrance with a small amount of egg on her beak and on her breast, which she tried to clean. After dropping to the water she did her wing flap, and then read the riot act to a Drake, Perhaps she told him that if his hen laid any more eggs in there she'd do the same thing again. She then entered a second time, and a female Hooded Merganser followed and looked in the box before dropping back to the water. The last clip shows the hen Wood Duck appear with what looks like a partially developed embryo. She then drops it in the water before the wing flap.
An amusing speculation of what a Wood Duck hen might be saying when checking out a nest box.
A Wood Duck Drake keeps watch while his mate feeds.
Wood Duck hen calling.
Tara's favorite pair of Wood Ducks.
Tara Tanaka created these short videos on Wood Ducks shooting from a blind in her back yard. The eight videos give a look at the mating and resulting birth of offspring! After seeing these videos you will wonder how such incredibly beautiful creatures could be the second most hunted duck species in the United States.
Tara, who is a two time winner of the prestigious Swarovski Optik Digiscoper of the Year award, shoots her videos and stills with Panasonic Lumix GH3 mounted on a Swarovski STX 95 scope using manual focus.
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