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Fulvous Whistling Duck

Fulvous Whistling Duck
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Bright (paulbright) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 238] (2764)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-19 9:13
Viewed: 4685
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Fulvous Whistling Duck - Dendrocygna bicolor,
is a whistling duck which breeds across the world's tropical regions in much of Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and the United States Gulf Coast.

The Fulvous Whistling Duck is a common but wary species. It is largely resident, apart from local movements, but vagrancy has occurred to southern Europe. It nests on a stick platform in reeds, laying 8-12 eggs, but hollow trees or old bird nests are occasionally used for nesting.

Its habitat is still freshwater lakes, rice fields or reservoirs with plentiful vegetation, where this duck feeds mainly at night on seeds and other parts of plants.

The Fulvous Whistling Duck is 48-53cm long. It has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs, buff head and underparts, the latter reddish-tinged on the flanks, a dark crown, and dark grey back and wings. The tail and wing patches are chestnut, and there is a white crescent on the upper tail which is visible in flight.

All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have less contrasted flank and tail colouration.

This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites substantial flocks can form. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear whistling kee-wee-ooo call.

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


Got this shot at Marievale Bird Sanctuary.

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Hello Paul, excellent shot, great sharpness and clarity, beautiful colors and nice composition and pov.

Magníficos retratos Paul.
Buenos colores y acertada exposición.
Muy buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Hello Paul,
Excellent DOF. Good overall sharpness....
Excellent composition.

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-12-19 9:44]

Hi Paul,
nice romantic photo with great details and colors!
Well done,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-19 9:48]

Hello Paul,
Superb capture of this pair of Fulvous Whistling Ducks. the lighting, colours, composition and watery Bg are all Top class, as is the pose on the water and POV.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-12-19 11:17]

Hello Paul, what a fine picture. I have never seen a picture of these nice ducks. The brownish colours is really fantastic. The details are sharp and the composition is fine Well done!

great-sharp pic, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-19 12:02]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic photo in fantastic light. Amazing clear warm colours on the Ducks. Very good details and composition. Great DOF and poses.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-19 14:46]

Hi Paul
Beautiful capture.Very sharp image.Excellent POV and nice details.Colors are very nice and I like the catch light on both of your subject eye.
TFS Michel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-19 19:38]

Hello Paul

A lovely pair of ducks you have captured.Superb clarity.
Just marking post for now.


Very, very good shot from the point of view of composition, sharpness and lightining.
Good POV.

Hi Paul. Beautiful details, colour and the light on their plumage. They make an attractive pair. Regards. Klaudio.

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