Vivid Wild Color

Male wood duck has vivid wild color compared to female and other wild Canadian waterfowl.
Male wood duck has vivid wild color compared to less colorful female mate distinguishing it also from other wild Canadian waterfowl.

Vivid, wild, color distinguishes the male wood duck from ordinary looking less colorful female, and from other wild waterfowl that inhabit Canadian marshes and wetlands.

This beautiful bird has a metallic-like purplish-green head complimented by two striking red colored eyes with pitch-black pupils and a nice beak whose color is  various shades of orange with a toned down black edge.

Its aerodynamic, feathered body coloring consists of wild shades of blues, toned down shades of brown, and striking whites ending with grey edges,  supported by two strong toned down yellow and brown colored webbed feet.

When paired with a female these waterfowl prefer nest cavities in dead trees close to water however, do take advantage of man-made predator-proof nesting boxes when available.

Elevation over water is important to protect their nest from potential predators such as birds of prey like great horned owls, and animals like mink, raccoons, foxes, or even snakes.

These very interesting waterfowl are equipped with sharp claws allowing their perching in trees but can also be used as tools helping to extract insects complimenting their diet of berries, acorns, and seeds when feeding themselves and young.

I captured this image while visiting our large municipal park’s sizeable man-made lake where all sorts of waterfowl and migratory birds inhabit from early Spring to late Fall.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”VIVID”.