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Fulvous Whistling Duck

Fulvous Whistling Duck
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm Hoya PL-CIR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-05 3:18
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fulvous Whistling Duck
Dendrocygna bicolor

Sorry I have not had AS much time as I would have liked to spend on TN lately. I hope I can catch up on all of your latest shots.

I took this shot last August in a London Park. I was mystified for some time as to the name and origin of this attractive Duck and could not find it in any of my books. However the RSPB (local bird preservation society) told me it is a 'Whistling Duck'. It is rare in the UK and northern Europe. It is a very handsome and 'dainty' Duck which I have not seen since on return to the same park.

This whistling duck 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. Also rarely seen in southern Europe.

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.

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 male helps to take care of the offspring and a mated pair stays bonded for many years.

The Fulvous Whistling-Duck is a frequent nest parasite, laying eggs in other Fulvous Whistling-Duck nests, as well as the nests of other duck species. These other duck species often lay their eggs in Fulvous Whistling-Duck nests as well.

Unlike many other ducks which have elaborate courtship displays, whistling-ducks appear to have none.


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Hi Deborah,
The light here is so beautiful.
I like a lot the reflections on the water, the waves around and the nice pose caught on the duck.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-05 4:51]

Hi Debz,
whata beauitful looking Duck, i've never heard of these before, let alone seen one! Great job on the colours, detail exposure and also a classic POV. well done!

Hi Deborah
Very nice capture
Like the details in the plumage
Good natural color
tfs jon

Hello Deborah,
Good details in this fine fellow!
I like how the action creates ripples in the water, seems like he keeps a fine speed here...
Good colours and a well balanced composition!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-05 5:23]

Congrats on capturing this rare bird Debz!
Not only did you spot this Whistling Duck but you photographed it as well!
Great detail in the feathers and good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
DOF is a little shallow but that is the only nit.
Well done,

Even the ripples in the water are clear!!I love this handsome duck!!Very well executed shot!
Razor sharp, very nice POV!!
Thank you for sharing!!
Kind regards,

hello deborah,
fine capture of the duck, i liked the pov and the eye contact, lovely colours, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-05 5:51]

Hola Deborah,
bonita captura y espléndido pov,
excelentes detalles y color.

saludos amiga.


Great image of this duck,
I like all the different colors in the feathers and you captured it well with framing ad being pretty close to eye level,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-05 6:48]

Hello Deborah,
Wow, this is a lovely capture of the pretty Whistling Duck! I love its colours and the details are very sharp. Nice movements in the water too. Amazing that you should find this in a London Park!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-05 8:09]

Hi Debz,

This is a new one for me! This Duck is gorgeous. Amazing colors, face and plummage. I love the feathers flapping in the water. And the water - beautiful swirls and wake. Great shot!


Hello Debz,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting once again!
excellent pov with superb sharpness, wonderful colouration and details in the image
well done

Hi Deborah,
excellent shot of this Fulvous Whistling Duck, colours are splendid and very sharp, excellent focus with ideal deeph of field, good lighting and fine composition,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-05 13:28]

Hi Debz. Good to see you posting again . Thanks for all the help you gave me a year ago on TN . I thank you very much for that .
This is one duch i have never seen so thanks for posting. you have held on to it for so long. its so cute looking. you have fine detail and natural looking colours. with good use of the light. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-05 14:37]

Hi Deborah

A lovely shot - excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Deborah,
A beautiful photo of this stunning Duck.
I love the colouring of the feathers.
Well done.
Take care of yourself.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-06 10:55]

hello Deborah
good capture of this cute duck with its smiling pose
i like composition, POV, colours, reflections on the water and informative note

Hello Debz amazing looking duck good POV and detail in the feathers. Good to see you are back with us, Rgds Necip.

Hi Deborah.
Me too...the time has been scarce as well.
I have never seen one of these before. TFS.
The details you achieved are fantastic.
I do like the pattern of the feathers.I also like the way the lighting is from the back. Be good. See you around.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-10 14:18]

Hi Debz

I know what you mean about time - I get horribly behind looking at shots. He is a lovely looking duck. I haven't seen one of these before. Beautifully composed and lovely light



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 9:09]

Hello Deborah

Excellent POV,the markings are lovely.
Wonderful eye contact and catch light.
Well focused with lovely plumage detail.


Great colors and detail Deb, I like your POV.
You did very well to capture this action @ 1/125th.
Well done,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-31 10:56]

Hello Debs, it's been a long time and I am happy to see a post from you even though I have seen it only today. It is BEAUTIFUL, with rich colours and superb light. The bird too is superb, with beautiful pattern of feathers on its back. Your picture is clear, sharp and lively, thank you and take care!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-16 8:56]

Hi Debz

Yes, time is a thief and so it goes on robbing us all of that one valuable item we have so little of in store – TIME.

Anyway, let me not be guilty of killing time so on to your lovely duck. A lovely capture and it almost seems like the duck has an expression of patience on its face while waiting for you to take the photo. I like the beautiful colours of the plumage and there are some lovely sharp details as well. The wake in front of the bird also gives a good sense of movement.

Well done and TFS.

Bonjour Deborah
Un très bel oiseau,Félicitations pour les détals et les belles couleurs.

Merci et bravo...JP

Pose 4/5
Saturation 4/5
Light 4/5

Overall 4/5

Well done.

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