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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: 2015-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-06 5:38
Viewed: 1419
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo from my archive. A bird photographed in the place where I live. Here it is a rare bird, seldom seen.

The Garganey (Anas querquedula) is a small dabbling duck. It breeds in much of Europe and western Asia, but is strictly migratory, with the entire population moving to southern Africa, India (in particular) Santragachi and Australasia in winter, where large flocks can occur. This species was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 under its current scientific name. Like other small ducks such as the Common Teal, this species rises easily from the water with a fast twisting wader-like flight.
Their breeding habitat is grassland adjacent to shallow marshes and steppe lakes.

The adult male is unmistakable, with its brown head and breast with a broad white crescent over the eye. The rest of the plumage is grey, with loose grey scapular feathers It has a grey bill and legs. In flight it shows a pale blue speculum with a white border. When swimming it will show prominent white edges on its tertials. His crown (anatomy) is dark and face is reddish-brown.
Some care is needed in separating the brown female from the similar Common Teal, but the stronger face markings and more frequent head-shaking when dabbling are good indicators. Confusion with the female of the Blue-winged Teal is also possible, but the head and bill shape is different, and the latter species has yellow legs. Pale eyebrow, dark eye line, pale lore spot bordered by a second dark line.
These birds feed mainly by skimming rather than upending.
The male has a distinctive crackling mating call; the female is rather silent for a female duck, but can manage a feeble quack.

The Garganey is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. The status of the Garganey on the IUCN Red List is Least Concern.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Very good to see images from you again here. What fantastic colours and patterns in excellent quality. Well done, it is sheer pleasure to view. Best wishes.

PS: Enjoy your visit to the parks of the southwestern USA. Looking forward to see images of them here.

Hallo Peter
weer eens naast elkaar,en jij met een mooi eend
die ken ik niet
super mooie veren met prachtige tekening ,die heb je maar weer mooi op de foto
ik had een zeldzaam vliegje gisteren
bedankt gr lou

Mooie zomertaling, die heb ik nog nooit zo dichtbij gezien



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-10-06 9:32]

Hallo Peter,
Great capture of lovely duck..
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-06 11:55]

Hello Peter,
Brilliant colors, great color tones. Razorsharp, very nice water reflection.Very well done! Sigi

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful duck, fine details, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,

Beautiful Duck....beautiful color and design on plumage. Well captured. Nice ripples on water...good work.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-10-07 8:28]

Hola Peter, hermosa toma de este bello pato que no conocía; que interesante el plumaje, muy variado. Me gusta la luz, composición y entorno además...saludos...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-07 12:04]

Hi Peter,perfect capture from your archive of this beautiful and rare duck,the plumage details are impressive,great colors in the best exposure too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter
very nice duck with beautiful design, you have captured it with great sharp details and from a good POV, the water is also superb
have a good day

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