Wood Duck (female) – After I observed this female wood duck carrying an egg out of her nest box, I researched and finally found a seminal article from 1987 about exactly this specific behavior: “4 April 1976, we observed a hen Wood Duck (Air sponsa) carrying an egg with her bill exit a Wood Duck nest box located in a beaver pond approximately 1.6 km west of Indian Mound, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. We could not determine whether the entire egg was being carried between the upper and lower mandibles or if the lower mandible was inserted into a hole in the egg. Earlier that same morning, we had seen a Wood Duck flying low over the beaver pond similarly carrying an egg-shaped object that it dropped into the water.” (Egg carrying by Wood Duck. The Wilson Bulletin, Vol. 90, No. 1, March 1978). – cont. in next frame.
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