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Falcated Duck

Falcated Duck
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 DI LD (IF)Macro, Digital ISO 400, 77mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-09 12:16
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Points: 20
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
Species: A. falcata
Binomial name :Anas falcata (Georgi, 1775)

The Falcated Duck or Falcated Teal (Anas falcata) is a Gadwall-sized dabbling duck.

Taxonomy :
The closest relative of this species is the Gadwall, followed by the wigeons.

Distribution and Habitat :
The Falcated duck breeds in eastern Asia. It nests in eastern Russia, in Khabarovsk, Primorskiy, Amur, Chita, Buryatia, Irkutsk, Tuva, eastern Krasnoyarsk, south central Sakha Sakhalin, extreme northeastern North Korea and northern China, in northeastern Inner Mongolia, and northern Heilongjiang, and in northern Japan, Hokkaidō, Aomori, and the Kuril Islands[3]. It is widely recorded well outside its normal range, but the popularity of this beautiful duck in captivity clouds the origins of these extralimital birds.

This dabbling duck is strongly migratory and winters in much of Southeast Asia. In India: Uttar Pradesh, Bihār, Assam, eastern Haryāna. Also in northern Bangladesh, northern and central Myanmar, northern Laos to the Mekong River, northern Vietnam (from about Hanoi north), and China: Hainan, Taiwan, Yunnan, Guangxi Zhuang, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, northern Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangsu, Shandong, southern Hebei, Shanxi, northern Shaanxi. It is gregarious outside the breeding season and will then form large flocks.

This is a species of lowland wetlands, such as water meadows or lakes, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing. It nests on the ground, near water and under the cover of taller vegetation. The clutch is 610 eggs.

Identification :
This is a at 4854 cm length. The breeding male is unmistakable. Most of the body plumage is finely vermiculated grey, with the long sickle-shaped tertials, which give this species its name, hanging off its back. The large head is dark green with a white throat, and a dark green collar and bronzed crown). The vent region is patterned in yellow, black and white.

The female Falcated Duck is dark brown, with plumage much like a female wigeon. Its long grey bill is an aid to identification. The eclipse male is like the female, but darker on the back and head. In flight both sexes show a pale grey underwing. The blackish speculum is bordered with a white bar on its inner edge. Young birds are buffer than the female and have short tertials.

The male Falcated Duck has a clear low whistle, whereas the female has a gruff "quack".

Mamagolo2, siggi, marine-coeur, cirano, marianas, horias, carmia, marius-secan has marked this note useful
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Hi Thijs,
I'm amazed at all the beautiful different ducks in the world. And this is one of them. The beautiful clear reflection enhances the photo and if it was mine I would frame it. Stunning clear detail and pov. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-09 13:38]

Hallo Thijs,
Gisteren heb ik hem ook nog gezien. Ik bezoek Avifauna regelmatig en ik heb fraaie eendje ook al twee keer geplaatst. Deze mag er zijn. Schitterende foto in alle denkbare aspecten, al zijn de vleugels wat overbelicht. Vooral de weerspiegeling in het water is prachtig.
Goed weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-09 13:43]

Hello Thijs,
a very nice capture of this Falcated Duck with perfect reflection in the water wonderful sunlight, great details and fine POV,great water coloration.Best regards Siggi

Lovely artwrok by nature and amazing details and double image by reflections BRAVO Thijs van Balen jr

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-09 14:35]

Very good capture of this beautiful little duck with excellent colors,sharpness and nice his reflection.TFS.

i've never seen such a duck, fantastic colours and reflection, thanks for sharing

Hello Thijs
Fantastic capture this lovely duck!
Colors and details are fantastic.
I like the reflection in the water, is perfect.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-09 23:22]

Great shot from you today!
I like the perfect details and lovely reflection1

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2010-04-10 12:13]

Very beautiful shot with a elegant reflection and colours.
Well done. Carme.

Hello Thijs,
Razor sharp details and vivid colours. Wonderful composition.
Amazing clarity and perfect focus. Lovely reflection in the water
of this beautiful colored duck.

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