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Male Wood Duck in Flight

I wonder how many times I have seen the description of ducks "exploding" out of the water. It is a fitting way to describe a Wood Duck taking off from a body of water. They may show some extra vigilance or seem a bit nervous, but when they take off they are like a bullet. Since Wood Ducks hook up in the fall or early winter, it has been quiet for the most part. I even suspect that the females are on eggs already. Wood Ducks have two broods and I came upon this evidence while kayaking here on Skaneateles Lake in late summer seeing a female woodie with her eight young babies. it still surprises me to see these ducks in a habitat that seems unexpected.

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