Ruddy Duck

Posted by Cindy Marple on Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:21 pm

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Male Ruddy Duck
Gilbert, Arizona
Nikon D500, 500mm f/5.6PF, 1/2000, f/8, ISO800

In their courtship display, male Ruddy Ducks slap their bills against their puffed-up breast rapidly, which creates bubbles in the water.  When they finish they emit a loud belching sound.  No ladies were impressed with this particular performance, though.  

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by Carol Clarke on Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:32 pm
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A great capture of their bubbling behaviour, Cindy! Lovely image.

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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:27 pm
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My favorite duck in fine breeding plumage and bill color! They swim with their tails high and chest out and appear so classy. They remind me of an Arabian horse. You captured the behavior well. They are so tiny that I can seldom get them of any size in the frame.

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by david fletcher on Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:00 am
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Superb shot of this behaviour Cindy. Like the info too.
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by peter makuch on Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:02 am
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a great behavioral display shot of this handsome ruddy, the angle is perfect as-well CINDY.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Thu Jul 29, 2021 7:46 am
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Cool pose, behavior and great-looking duck. I'm surprised the ladies were underwhelmed. :)
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by rajandesai on Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:29 pm
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I love this display... Nicely captured.

by Karl Egressy on Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:51 pm
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Great behavior image.

by ADKShooter on Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:24 pm
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peter makuch wrote:
a great behavioral display shot of this handsome ruddy, the angle is perfect as-well CINDY.

+1.  Excellent shot of this classic behavior for this species of duck.

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