Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks



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!”

 

Ruddy Ducks
The ruddy duck, 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.

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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.

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