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Conservation

Wood ducks once again flourish in the U.S.

Wood ducks are one of the most well-recognised and celebrated species of waterfowl in the U.S. Once threatened with extinction, they are now abundant in the country thanks to concerted conservation efforts over the years.

 

Wood ducks are widely distributed in the U.S. The ones featured here were photographed in four locations in Texas, U.S.
Wood ducks are widely distributed in the U.S. The ones featured here were photographed in four locations in Texas, U.S. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A Female WOOD DUCK with ducklings.
A Female WOOD DUCK with ducklings. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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These birds look like they are whispering to each other.
These birds look like they are whispering to each other. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A male wood duck, easily recognisable by the iridescent green feathers of its head and brightly patterned body.
A male wood duck, easily recognisable by the iridescent green feathers of its head and brightly patterned body. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A female wood duck; the females are not as brightly coloured as the males.
A female wood duck; the females are not as brightly coloured as the males. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A juvenile wood duck.
A juvenile wood duck. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A family outing.
A family outing. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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These birds were once killed for their meat and feathers.
These birds were once killed for their meat and feathers. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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After a swim, this male is looking to take off.
After a swim, this male is looking to take off. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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The enactment of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the U.S. in 1918 paved the way for the way for the protection of these and other birds in the country.
The enactment of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the U.S. in 1918 paved the way for the way for the protection of these and other birds in the country. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A wood duck pair.
A wood duck pair. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A male putting on a display of its colourful feathers.
A male putting on a display of its colourful feathers. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A male stretching.
A male stretching. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A male vocalising.
A male vocalising. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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A male preening.
A male preening. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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In 1934, the Migratory Birds Hunting Stamp Act came into force in the U.S.; it enables the government to raise funds for environmental protection by selling stamps. The sale of duck stamps has raised a lot of money for conservation over the years.
In 1934, the Migratory Birds Hunting Stamp Act came into force in the U.S.; it enables the government to raise funds for environmental protection by selling stamps. The sale of duck stamps has raised a lot of money for conservation over the years. Photo: Vineeth Radhakrishnan
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Vineeth Radhakrishnan.
Vineeth Radhakrishnan. Photo: By Special Arrangement
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