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Eurasian Wigeons

Eurasian Wigeons
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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: 2013-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Anatidae photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-03-28 8:06
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In the place where I live there are twenty to forty thousand of Eurasian Wigeons every Winter together on one lake, Plas Broekvelden, of the thirteen lakes, De Reeuwijkse Plassen. Plas Broekvelden is about 30 metres deep. The consequence is that it almost never becomes covered with ice. A refuge for many thousands of waterbirds in hard wintertimes.
These days it’s still Winter here and most of the ditches in the surroundings are covered with eyes. So almost all the Wigeons are on this lake.
Yesterday I made photos of these Wigeons flying above this lake. It was a sunny, but cold and windy day.

The Eurasian Wigeon, also known as Widgeon or Eurasian Widgeon (Anas penelope, previously Mareca penelope) is one of three species of wigeon in the dabbling duck genus Anas. It is common and widespread within its range. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name.

This dabbling duck is 42–52 cm long with a 71–80 cm wingspan, and a weight of 500–1,073 g. The breeding male has grey flanks and back, with a black rear end and a dark green speculum and a brilliant white patch on upper wings, obvious in flight or at rest. It has a pink breast, white belly, and a chestnut head with a creamy crown. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female. The female is light brown, with plumage much like a female American Wigeon. It can be distinguished from most other ducks, apart from American Wigeon, on shape. However, that species has a paler head and white axillaries on its underwing. The female can be a rufous morph with a redder head, and a gray morph with a more gray head.

It breeds in the northernmost areas of Europe and Asia. It is the Old World counterpart of North America's American Wigeon. It is strongly migratory and winters further south than its breeding range. It migrates to southern Asia and Africa.

Behaviour and habitat
The Eurasian Wigeon is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some taller vegetation, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing, which it does very readily. It nests on the ground, near water and under cover. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks. They will join with flocks of the American Wigeon in the United States, and they also hybridize with them. This is a noisy species. The male has a clear whistle that sounds like: "pjiew pjiew", whereas the female has a low growl : "rawr".
The Eurasian Wigeon is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. Its conservation status is Least Concern.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Beautiful composition of a multi-coloured flock,outstanding clarity and sharpness.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-03-28 8:33]

Beautiful and interesting, Peter! I like the way you let that empty blue part of the sky in the pic. Somehow it does strengthen the composition. In addition the colors and clarity, as well as the light are very good indeed.



Hallo Peter
Super mooie en scherpe opname
veel details te zien ,ze zijn echt mooi van kleur zo tegen het blauw van de lucht
Leuk zo dicht bij huis een plek te hebben
gr lou

Hello Sir..
what a beautiful pic with fine sharpness and natural light splendid very beautifully ..You capture it with great focus ..TFS

Hello Mr.Peter,
Excellent photograph of these flock of Wigeons.Beautiful colour combination against blue sky.very good sharpness which is enough to cherish the beauty here.Focus is also good to me.Overall an outstanding photo.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Ciao Peter, great capture of a lot of flying birds, fashinating composition with wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Boa noite Peter
Great in flight this group.Great timing!Sharp and clear.Superb colours and details.
Thank You
Happy Easter

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-28 12:31]

Waaw Peter,this is absolutely fantastic! A very lucky meeting and a great timing to take so well this magnificent scene,the best light too fot the best details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter

WOW ! lovely in-flight photo of this group of
Eurasian Wigeons, with fine POV and framing,
wonderful light coming to the birds,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hi Peter,

Absolutely fabulous imaged, well worthy of a wealth of accolades here today,excellent in all aspects of a great picture, one of your best Peter and very well done,

Best Regards,


Hello Peter!

Great shot.Beautiful ducks captured in excellent light.Magnificent!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-28 18:01]

Hello Peter,
A very attractive inflight photo of this flock of Eurasian Wigeon. The bright sun light really brings out the beautiful colors in their plumages.
looks like their is a fairly even number of drakes to hens in this group. Nicely focused and showing fine exposure. I can't imagine twenty to forty thousand of these gorgeous birds together in one spot. Great job!!

Hello Peter,
An excellent in-flight capture with beautiful colors, details & composition. Very nicely presented & a great POV. Nice work & TFS. best wishes!


雁子很可愛 在空中也可以看的這樣清晰
顏色也美麗 還有的姿勢逗趣

Very good image of a flock of birds in flight. The beautifully colored birds against the blue sky looks magnificent.


Hello Peter.
This is the best picture I have seen all day today. I like the freedom of flight with various wings positions of these birds. You shot displayed fine sharpness, details and lovely colors.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-03-28 23:53]

excellent photograph of flying colorful birds. good work.

hi Peter
a very beautiful capture of this ducks. Very sharp and rich in clear details , colors and composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2013-03-29 6:52]

Merhaba Peter,
Bir çok wigeons harika bir şekilde yakalanmış. Netlik ve kompozisyon mükemmel..
Tebrik ederim, en iyi dileklerimle iyi hafta sonları.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-29 8:04]

Hello Peter,
With fine saturated colours, top sharpness and in a good composition, this is a superb capture of this flock of Wigeon in flight. The features of both sexes are well seen too.
Thanks and best wishes for a Happy Easter,

Hello Peter you are lucky that you live in such a place where you can observe and captured this type of great pictures.
congratulation for this nice picture.
very well composed pic.
best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-29 9:37]

Delightful view of so many Eurasian Wigeons flying together..beautiful capture. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-29 11:11]

Hallo Peter,
Lovely capture of these Eurasian Wigeons
Splendid clear light and saturated colours. Great composition and POV
Best wishes,

Ciao Peter. Bright colours againt the soft sky. Perfect details for the interesting situation.


WOW! Impressive photo Peter ! The composition is excellent! The colours are fantastic!

wonderful scene with very attractive colors!
regards Peter

Excellent pic!!!!! Superb POV,
nice WEnd, TFS, Ferran

Hi Peter,
Remarkable and powerful shot, simplistic yet so nice. Excellent settings to freeze the ducks into the pic. Composition-wise I might crop a little more from the empty right side, even to squared format. Just a personal opinion, obviously, I like the shot as it is. Tfs.
Best regards, László

Hallo Peter
A sight like this can only be awesome seen with the human eye as it is already a wonderful sight just looking at your image. I would love to visit the place where you stay in the Winter to see all these thousands of birds together with my own eyes. This is a delighful image with lots of harmony to it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-03-31 7:57]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of flying duck.
Nice colours and details.
Regards Jiri.

great, almost like a painting, TFS Ori

Bonjour Peter,
Magnifique scène de la vie sauvage judicieusement restituée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-07 5:15]

Hello Peter,
What a nice picture! How well photographed this flock of Eurasian Wigeons. Amazing to see so well the colors, you had just the perfect light! Great!
Kind regards

Peter, I missed out this fantastic image earlier; can't express in words how cheerful this picture is!
Each bird in this flying flock is in perfect focus. How did you achieve this feat?
Kudos, Sir, for capturing 21 birds in flight.
Isn't that a kind of record here on TN?

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