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White-faced Whistling Ducks

White-faced Whistling Ducks
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-27 8:28
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Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo taken from the same motorboat on the same day as my last one of the Senegal Thick-knee last week.

The White-faced Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna viduata, is a whistling duck which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.

This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites, the flocks of a thousand or more birds arriving at dawn are an impressive sight. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear three-note whistling call.

This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the underparts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.

Range and habitat
Common to locally abundant resident in freshwater marshes, grassy lagoons and flooded fields and in all habitats usually near bodies of open water. To 300 m.
Costa Rica, E Panama to Bolivia and N.Argentina; also in tropical Africa and Madagascar.

It nests on a stick platform near the ground, and lays 8-12 eggs. Trees are occasionally used for nesting.

The White-faced Whistling Duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Sources: Wikipedia; Birds of Venezuela by Steven L. Hilty and A Guide to the birds of Costa Rica by F. Gary Stiles and Alexander F. Skutch.

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Hi Peter,

Wow what a spectacular capture of these White-faced Whistling Ducks my man, in-flight birds is not my forte but you have done a sterling job here!, good sharpness, lovely natural colours, superb timing and great camera skills shown here and well done,
Best regards Peter and have a nice week,


Hello Peter,
Beautiful picture of these White-faced Whistling Ducks flying in the lovely formation, very nice contrast against the blue sky, well captured with precise timing!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-27 9:00]

Hi Peter,magnificent and rich in-flight ic from the Djoudju park,a great sanctuary of birds,very impressive sharpness and focus and excellent light balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Pretty interesting squadron of ducks. Super photo.

hallo peter
mooie foto van deze groep
veel details en super goed de kleuren te zien
mooi plaatje
groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
what a nice photo of these birds in flight. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours and composition. Nice blue sky.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Peter. Seems like a paint. Exciting colours results and very good contrast.


Hallo Peter,

ik dacht eerst nijlganzen maar oen las ik ducks.
goede compositie en beldvullend door v vorm, de scherpte is ook goed.
Prachtig kleuren en weer een uit Afrika waar ik gewoon zeldzamheden in nederland vindt.


Hello Peter,
What a superb capture with this lovely colored ducks. Excellent contrast against the blue sky.
Perfect focus and very good clarity.
It is a wonderful composition!

Hallo Peter,
Fantastiese formasie en aktiwiteit met wondermooie kleure. Uitstaande gehalte soos altyd van jou. Felisitasies met hierdie uitsonderlike foto. Welgedaan. Groete.

Like a mixture between fine painting and graphic maybe Peter! Love it despite the pinch of over saturation... in fact I like a lot that way..perhaps the sharpening has been a bit too strong Peter! What do you think! An artistic image no doubt !
George Veltchev

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-27 10:50]

Hello Peter!
So nice pic with these ducks against this lovely blue sky! beautiful!well done! I agree with George : I think you have a little problems of "over" sharpness...But not enough to break the charming of this pic. TFS
best regards from,

Hello Peter
Interesting and beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful picture of this small alignment of White-faced Whistling Ducks in flight, fantastic colours, a very pleasant composition
Besty regards

Ciao Peter, fantastic capture of 11 lovely duck in a fantastic fly, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
congratulations for this nice photo of ducks in a row, not easy to take a motorboat. Beautiful colors and good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing and the notes,
happy week
Hello Vanni

Preciosoa formación que captaste con habilidad y buenos colores.
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

Hello Peter, great shot on the fly, very good sharpness and the image. All the best, Paul

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-28 2:49]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful photo with excellent composition,nice colors and very fine sharpness.TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-28 5:12]

Hello Peter,
A fine, super sharp capture of a flock of White-faced Whistling Ducks in flight against a blue sky. The colours, POV, composition of this v-formation are excellent to make this nice to view!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-28 6:40]

Fine image of lovely ducks in flight with v formation. tfs.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-06-28 7:08]

Hi Peter, what a colorful picture. Even being far away you made possible to their colorful bodys. Great shot Peter. Congratulation. Un saludo.

WOW Peter, this is stunning! I just want to capture one flying bird never mind eleven. You capture them flying and I can only get them swimming.(hahaha) Well done my friend and thanks for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-29 23:16]

Hello Peter,
very lively flight formation of these ducks. The sharpness, features and colours are well shown. The details are well retained.
Such an exciting capture that depict the beauty in special style.


hello Peter

Excellent in-flight photo of this group of
White-faced Whistling Ducks, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-01 14:32]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful composition and excellent stop action. These are truly very beautiful ducks which you captured in-flight while in V formation. Their white heads and chestnut colored necks are easily seen as they soar off into the sky. Well done!!

Hi Peter,
impressing formation, captured very clearly in rich details and colours, perfectly composed into the available frame. Beautiful documentation, my congratulation!
With thanks, and best regards,

Gracious wing patterns captured in the sky, Peter. Love the formation and well framed against the blue sky.
Thanks and kind regards,

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