Ruddy Ducks are chunky with large heads, broad bills, and long tails that are often cocked up. These ducks are common in southern Indiana during the Winter migration and further south. They nest in the dense vegetation of freshwater wetlands.
This Ruddy Duck is carved from basswood and painted with acrylic paint. The carving is based on the Knotts Island, North Carolina carver, Lee Dudley’s (1860-1942) work. His rare Ruddy Ducks have set a record at auction for a North Carolina decoy maker working in the 1920s. The simplicity of form and color make them a joy to create.