Wood Duck resting in the shade of a hot day. I searched and searched to find the beautiful male wood duck, but was unsuccessful. Had my attention distracted from this beauty by the sounds of splashing beind me, to see a belted kingfisher diving into the water several times then flee the scene into a distant tree too far for a photograph.
Neary Lagoon, Santa Cruz, CA. Canon 350D, 400mm f5.6L.