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Story Behind the Photo: Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, FL

While Wood Ducks are found throughout a great majority of the southeastern US, I had never seen one in the wild until moving to Florida. Used to seeing Mallards my entire life, I have always considered Wood Ducks to be rather exotic looking, especially the males. This beautiful male was photographed on a downed palm tree at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Although there there are several permanent residents at the park in specially made habitats, all of the Wood Ducks found there are wild. The Homosassa River is a perfect habitat for Wood Ducks, which are generally found in wooded wetland areas. They are one of the few ducks that nest in trees, with abandoned Woodpecker cavities as a favorite place to call home. These cavities can be hard to come by but thankfully, Wood Ducks readily nest in boxes and the park has provided many along the river.

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