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Mallard Hen and Ducklings

A mallard hen is taking her ducklings out for a swim in the river.

Mallard Hen and Ducklings

Mallard Hen and Ducklings

Loon Fishing

A common loon fishing on the river.

Loon Fishing

Loon Fishing

Mother and her 11 Ducklings

A mallard hen takes her 11 ducklings out for a swim.

Mother and her 11 Ducklings

Mother and her 11 Ducklings

Wood Duck Swimming

A wood duck swimming up the river.

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Loon Fishing

A common loon swimming and fishing on the river.

Common Loon

Common Loon

More Species of Ducks

More species of ducks arriving on the river.

Bufflehead Ducks

Bufflehead Ducks

Common Merganser Ducks

Common Merganser Ducks

Ring-necked Duck

This is the first I have seen this type of duck in the river. I believe this is a ring-necked duck.

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Spring Visiting Ducks

Today we have seen a variety of ducks on the river.

Tern?

Tern?

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Mother and Duckling

A mother mallard and her duckling swimming down the river.

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Male Wood Duck Swimming

Here is a male wood duck swimming directly at me.

Male Wood Duck Swimming

Male Wood Duck Swimming

Female Wood Duck Swimming

Female wood duck swimming on Mud Lake in Ottawa.

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Female Wood Duck Swimming

Female Wood Duck Swimming

Pair of Wood Ducks

I found a few wood ducks swimming in Mud Lake. Here is a male and female pair.

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Pair of Wood Ducks

Pair of Wood Ducks

Cormorants Are Here!

Cormorant numbers are 250-times historic population records. Each cormorant eats a minimum of one-pound of fish per day; in other words, it takes about three yellow perch to feed the cormorants’ voracious daily appetite. This cormorant was found in a group of three fishing in the Rideau River near Kemptville.

This photograph was taken with my Canon 7D Mark II camera and a Sigma 150-600 mm lens set at 600 mm. The shutter speed was set at 1/1600 second, the aperture was set to f7.1 and ISO was set to 640.

Cormorant

Cormorant

Female Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

I also found a female wood duck at Mud Lake.  Her colours are ...

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Wood Duck Swimming

After a summer of looking for this guy, I finally found him swimming at Mud Lake in Ottawa.  The wood duck is one of the most colourful ducks native to this area.  This is the male wood duck with his bright colours.  I took this photography with my Canon 7D camera and a 400 mm lens.  The shutter speed was set to 1/800 second, the aperture was set to f5.6 and the ISO was set to 2000 to capture this low light photo. 

Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck