The Redhead Duck (Aythya americana) is a fairly rare sight in my neck of the woods. Redheads are far more common in Western Canada where they breed. They are seen here (north-west corner of Lake Ontario) during the winter and early spring months. This was the first time I’d gotten close enough to get a nice clear photograph of one.
Redheads feed mainly by diving, but sometimes by dabbling, eating aquatic plants, molluscs, insects and small fish. They can be identified easily by their bright red head and gray back. Many Redhead hens lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks.
About this image:
- Nikon D300 digital SLR with AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED + 1.7X Nikon teleconverter
on a Manfrotto 055XB tripod with a Black Widow HD Mark 2 Gimbal Head.
- 1/800 sec at f/4.8, ISO 200 RAW image processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6