Below: Wood Duck drake 2-3-08, Milwaukie, OR
Rarely, you may find a hybrid of Mallard and Wood Duck, as with this male,
taken Nov. 8, 2008 Portland, OR.
Wood Duck hen, taken 11-23-07 at Milwaukie, OR
Eurasian Wigeon drake, taken at Crystal Springs Gardens, Mar. 3, 2007.
below: Mandarin duck on Kellogg Creek 5-25-07.
On 8-21-07 all our area Wood Ducks are in drab, "eclipse"
plumage. This one among them appears to be a male Mandarin Duck, non-native to our region (but of the same genus, "Aix".)
Hooded Merganser, male
below: Hooded Merganser, female
below: pair of American Wigeons at Crystal Springs Gardens 5-1-07.
I tried something a little different with the Common Merganser pair.
This is actually a composite of separate frames of the male and female shot in the relative locations shown, but several minutes
apart. They wouldn't stick together and pose for me!
I thought this Lesser Scaup resting made a nice black & white shot.
Mallard hen (possibly Pintail or hybrid) was with one drake (male).
Wood-duck, drake (male)
This male Bufflehead may be my first Black & White photo posted.
A pair of Gadwall; male is on the left.
below: Double-crested Cormorant, the only one to be found this day at Crystal Springs Gardens in Portland, OR 10-14-07.