I’m taking a break from posting my Costa Rica photos, so I can feature some ducks that I photographed in Minnesota. As ducks migrate north to their nesting grounds, they need open water on which to rest and feed. Lake Como is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, not far from where we live in Shoreview. It’s a shallow lake so the ice melts earlier than it does on some of the larger, deeper lakes. That concentrates the ducks and other waterfowl on this lake as they wait for more northerly lakes to become ice-free. It also gives nature photographers a chance to photograph these birds.
This is a male Ring-necked Duck. It’s a medium-sized duck, about 17 inches long. The ring around its bill is more prominent but it also has a brownish ring around its neck. This duck has its neck stretched out, so the ring is barely visible where its neck meets its body.