A Pair of Ruddies

Along with the Pied-billed Grebes in my last post, I was also watching a pair of Ruddy Ducks.  They were constantly diving for food, so they were a bit of a challenge to capture still enough before they’d take another dive.

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Ruddy Duck (male)


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Ruddy Duck (female)

It has been a long while since I last saw a Ruddy Duck.  I was thankful they each obliged me a capture!


19 thoughts on “A Pair of Ruddies

  1. Not a great deal of difference between the male and female. Or does the male dress up for breeding season? Great shots of the diving ducks. I still have a lot to learn about them. And I know what you mean about the difficulty of catching them between dives!

  2. Great captures, Donna! I understand these Ruddy Ducks are aggressive during breeding season, so maybe you will have photos of them at that time too?

  3. As they winter on the Gulf Coast, we usually see the males without their beautiful blue bills. How I would LOVE to see close up their lekking ritual. Are you aware of it?

    Nice that you were able to get both sexes above the surface, Donna. Need to go out searching for ours …

    • Thanks Shannon for your comments and visit! Yes, I love and have seen their gorgeous blue bills and know about their lekking ritual. 🙂 I hope you can locate Ruddies over your way!

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