Wood ducks, female (left) and male.
They're shy birds; before we got a chance at a second shot, they had scooted down the bank and into the water. They came back, partway, when I tossed a few handfuls of seed in their direction. The lighting was bad; we were in shadow, pointing into the light. Imagine these colours, but shining as though with an interior light.
Blues and greens on the male's back.
I always thought the female was drab, but here, in breeding costume, she is in no way eclipsed by her gaudy mate.