I was lucky enough to add yet another bird to my Life List this week. A fellow birder told me on Sunday that she had seen a Wood Duck at a local preserve, so I rushed over that evening, hoping to get a glimpse of this remarkably colorful bird. I couldn’t believe my luck when someone said she had just spotted the male Wood Duck, and pointed him out to me.The father Wood Duck certainly stood out in his brilliant plumage. He was accompanied by his lovely ‘wife’ and their brood. I was disappointed not to get sharper photos, but they were rather far away. What a delight it was to see this regal pair glide past with their large family!Last evening I went searching for them again at the same spot, but with no success. I later realized that the photo above, which I’d snapped when I first arrived at the preserve (well before I’d gotten to the ‘right spot’), was actually the Wood Duck family! They had been swimming off in the distance in the shadows, on a completely different pond, and I hadn’t even realized it was them when I took the photo!
Sometimes you don’t know what you have till you get home 😉