Ring-necked Duck

1/500s at f10.0, ISO 1000, Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm, x1.4 converter

The Ring-necked Duck is a smaller diving duck from North America. Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes or ponds in the northern United States and Canada. They over winter in southern North America, usually in lakes, ponds, rivers or bays. These birds feed mainly by diving. They eat aquatic plants as well as some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. The nest is bowl-shaped, built with aquatic vegetation and lined with down, in a dry location near open water. The female lays 8 to 10 eggs and may remain with the young until they are able to fly.
Gilbert Water Ranch, AZ