North Chagrin Reservation (OH)
By: Pat Coate
On the way back from taking my daughter to school, I made a quick stop at North Chagrin Reservation. North Chagrin is located near Willoughby, Ohio just east of Cleveland and is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system. It is renowned for its wood ducks and I wasn’t disappointed. These pictures were taken at Sunset Pond and Sanctuary Marsh on the west side of the park near the very impressive nature center.
North Chagrin sponsors a nature photography weekend in mid-October when the male wood ducks are in their spectacular, and a bit bizarre, breeding plumage.
The difference in eye color was very striking between the male and female. Wood ducks are classified as perching ducks, as they will perch and nest in trees. I’ve read that they have well-developed claws that accommodate this behavior, though I have never seen these.
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