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Wood Ducks and Hooded Merganser

Posted by Teri Franzen on June 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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A Wood Duck and her brood, one of which is a Hooded Merganser duckling (the duckling in the center). Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers share the same breeding territories and both nest in tree cavities or nest boxes. And I had read about nest dumping, which is when one duck lays an egg in another duck’s nest. That appears to be case with this family. There are a total of four ducklings, two are hidden beneath the adult. Photographed from a blind at Brick Pond Wetland Preserve. June 6, 2015. Canon 7D Mk II using a 500mm IS II lens and 1.4x teleconverter on a tripod.