Every species has its niche. Find a dabbling duck on a woodland pond or stream and it’s likely to be a wood duck. Find a diver in much the same habitat and you’ve probably found a ring-necked duck. Unlike the big-water divers, ring-necks like heavily wooded ponds, swamps, and bogs.
They are competent divers able to go thirty feet or more, propelled solely by their feet, but they prefer to feed in five feet of water or less, looking mostly for aquatic vegetation or seeds from sedges, smartweed, and water lilies.
*Text sources provided by Michael McIntosh, Wild Fowl of North America, published by Brown & Bigelow Inc. St. Paul Minnesota.
Species Identification compiled by George Austin McCurry