Wood Ducks in the wild flee at the first sight of humans and never allow a close approach.
In High Park, Toronto however, they have decades of time with close proximity to humans and don’t fly off.
This morning I visited Mud Lake in Ottawa and was so close to a group of Wood Ducks that I could have touched some of them. They are obviously used to being fed.
The stars are the jewels of the night,
and perchance surpass anything which day has to show. – Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
Thanks for the photos of Mud Lake. Close to the town of Bancroft there are nature trails at Eagle’s Nest that give a panoramic view of the area. There are several lookout spots that have information signs about the history of the area. The First Nations people travelled along the York River to the Madawaska River that feeds into the Ottawa River. All these water systems are connected and interdependent.