Disheveled Wood Duck

Okay, yes, it was windy, but also I feel this guy is transitioning to his eclipse plumage, where he loses most of his flashy colours. Less sexy but more practical, since it allows him to help his mate with the raising and protection of their babies.

   17 May 2024
   Wood Duck
   1/1600s    f/9   321mm   ISO 800
A male Wood Duck is standing in shallow water, looking disheveled in the wind