Mad Duck; Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Photo of ring-necked duck.

“Back-off Bud.”

I was photographing ducks at a pond in Golden Gate Park last spring when this ring-necked drake came swimming toward me.  The drakes were pursuing females and I guess he didn’t like me around.  He looked mad and I felt like he was saying “back off buster.”   I gave him some more space and he went about his business.

This photo reminds me of a photo that a friend of mine from the 1970s took of a bluebird that looked like it was mad.   My friend’s name is Michael L. Smith and his mad bluebird photo made Mike a millionaire.  Here is a link about Mike and his famous photo.  I don’t think my mad duck is going to make me a millionaire, but one can dream.  To purchase a print of this image click here.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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5 Responses to Mad Duck; Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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  2. Alan says:

    That’s a great photo Jim. I now know not to mess around with a male ring-neck on the prowl.

  3. John says:

    Well I can see why the pics made him a millionaire. Something about being at the right place at the right time to take an iconic photo.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

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