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Ruddy Duck, swimming

Ruddy Duck - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

The Ruddy Duck makes their winter home in Port A at the pond in the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center as well as along the Corpus Christi Bay shorelines. The dense marsh vegetation near water is where you’ll find them nesting. A typical brood contains 5 to 15 ducklings. An adult male, seen here, has a rust-red body, a blue bill and a white face with a black cap. The females have a grey-brown body with a greyish face with a darker bill, cap and a cheek stripe.

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