Here are some photos of birds in flight. They were all taken this spring and summer.
This male Wood Duck doesn’t look like the spectacularly colorful bird that we see in the spring. Feathers need to be replaced because they get worn out. Male Wood Ducks shed all their feathers starting around June and grow a new set that makes them look like they do in this photo. This is called eclipse plumage; I especially like the pattern on the underside of the wing. Later in the summer they will grow another set of body feathers that will give them their colorful breeding plumage once again. This photo was taken at our lake home in northern Minnesota.