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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-05 10:48
Viewed: 3967
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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.

The habitat is still freshwater lakes, ricefields or reservoirs with plentiful vegetation, where this duck feeds mainly at night on seeds and other plant food.

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 uppertail 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.

The photo was taken at the Treehaven Waterfowl Trust near Vereeniging, South Africa.

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Hermosa imagen Willem, agradable esta composición con los reflejos en el agua.
Buena luz y estupenda foto.
Saludos, JL.

Nice pic! The reflection is amazing. Maby you could have done it a little higher, so there's more symmetry. Sorry for my bad english.

Hi Willem,

Your photo came out very nice. Colours are very good and so is the DOF and sharpness.



Well composed and detailed pic. TFS,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-10 12:28]

Perfect composition. I love the reflection, the colours are lovely and you have nice details on this pretty bird. Excellent POV



Hello Willem,
A very nice picture; I like the composition and the good reflection. I´m surprised because Dedrocygna bicolor like Dendrocygna viduata, both are south american species and both live in Africa. I´ve learnt a bit today.
Best regards

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