Drake Male Ring-necked Duck

Drake Ring-necked Duck in Water ©2016 Jens Lambert Photography
Drake Ring-necked Duck in Water ©2016 Jens Lambert Photography

1DX     840mm     ISO 400     f/6.3     1/2000

Spent some time a couple of weeks ago around the Guntersville area and the south side of the Guntersville TVA Dam to hopefully spot and photograph some of the local eagles.  That did not happen, but in one of the coves on the lake I did find a flock of Coots and mixed amongst them, Ring-necked Ducks.  Their piercing straw colored eyes surrounded by green to purplish head feathers are incredible to see.  In the picture above you can see the ring around the base of the neck as well as the distinctive markings on the beak.  This particular drake had just surfaced after scouring for weeds in the bay.  This image is available in different formats, just click on the above image.

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