Today, I’m sharing some photos of beautiful Wood Ducks that I’ve captured over the summer at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
The first three photos were taken in late May. The first shows a striking male Wood Duck perched in a willow tree. These birds are known for their colorful plumage, and this iridescent fellow did not disappoint.
The second photo features the same male along with a female Wood Duck, also in the willow tree. It’s not often I see a pair together like this. I love the contrast between the male’s vibrant colors and the female’s more modest brown plumage.
The third shot captures a female Wood Duck with several tiny ducklings behind her. This is the first time I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph Wood Duck ducklings. Though I’ve seen them before, I haven’t had the chance to capture the adorable little ones on camera until now.
The last photo was taken just a few days ago on the south side of the Sally Jones Causeway. It shows what appears to be an immature Wood Duck. My friend Mia McPherson thinks this one is not fully grown based on its plumage.
Photographing these remarkable waterfowl at one of my favorite wildlife refuges has been an incredible experience this summer. I feel lucky to have captured these Wood Ducks living their lives along the wetlands and waterways of Sequoyah. Let me know what you think of these photos!
Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
Technical Details For The 3rd Image:
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: May 29, 2023 (08:18 A. M.)
- Program Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f10
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 8000 (Auto)
- Exp. Comp.: +0.7
- Focal Length: 500 mm
FAQs About Wood Ducks at Sequoyah Refuge
Q: Are Wood Ducks native to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge?
A: Yes, Wood Ducks are native to the refuge and are a common sight during the summer months.
Q: How many ducklings do female Wood Ducks typically have?
A: Female Wood Ducks can have varying clutch sizes, but they often have around 10-12 ducklings.