Readers’ wildlife photos

Ducks today! With babies! These duck photos were taken by reader John Riegsecker, whose notes are indented below:

Some duck photos for your Reader’s Wildlife Photos.  Two Wood Duck, and two Mallard shots taken at Waughop Lake in Washington State.  The second two are Harlequin ducks taken at Staircase in Olympic National Park.  The males in breeding plumage are among our most colorful ducks.  In the winter they come down to the Sound in our area, but they breed and nest along rapidly moving water in the Olympic Mountains.

Mallards (Aix platyrhynchos):

Harlequin ducks, whose cool binomial is Histrionicus histrionicus:

Wood ducks (Aix sponsa):

Here are stock photos of the male harlequin duck (top) and wood duck (bottom); they’re taken from Wikipedia:


  1. Posted August 3, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Nice photos John!

  2. rickflick
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Well done. Did you use a long telephoto lens, or a blind to get these close shots?

    • Posted August 3, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      I use a 500mm lens, although the Wood Ducks were relatively close to shore.

  3. Merilee
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Love the babies on the lily pads!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 3, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      Why do the babies end up on the lily pads? Are they bad drivers ya think?

      • Posted August 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

        I suspect they just want to use what help they can get in flotation. Those little feet get tired quickly.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    These are great photos. What’s in the Harlequin’s mouth? Looks like a stick.

    • Diane G.
      Posted August 4, 2017 at 1:40 am | Permalink

      I’d have thought small fish.

  5. ploubere
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos. Interesting to hear a reference to Waughop Lake. I used to visit it back in the early ’90s, when I lived nearby for a couple years. It had a healthy duck population then too.

  6. Diane G.
    Posted August 4, 2017 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Great captures of great subjects, John!

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