Ruddy Ducks

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Do you know what time ducks wake up? At the quack of dawn!

Do you know how to get down off a horse? You don’t get down off a horse, you get down off a duck!

A man and a duck are walking outside together. Suddenly the man sees a low flying plane and yells, “DUCK!” The duck looks back at him, annoyed, and yells, “MAN!”

 

The , Oxyura jamaicensus, is one cute little duck you might see on the Atlantic coast in winter. They mainly breed in prairie potholes out west; and when the males acquire their cinnamon colored breeding plumage, their common name makes more sense. I took these pictures of ruddy ducks in non-breeding plumage last fall at theEdwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.
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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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