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Tachyeres pteneres

Tachyeres pteneres
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 15:33
Viewed: 5147
Points: 16
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Magellanic Flightless Steamer Duck

The Magellanic Flightless Steamer Duck, Tachyeres pteneres, is a flightless duck from South America. It belongs to the steamer duck genus Tachyeres. It is a massively built "duck" at 3.5-7 kg (7.7-15.5 lbs) and 65-78 cm (22-31 in), with the males larger than the females.
This species is locally infamous for the aggressive disposition of adult males. Incidents have allegedly occurred where a raging male was placed by a misguided collector among adults of various other waterfowl species and killed all the other birds with their powerful, spurred wings.

Information source

Range Description: This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 120,000 kmē. It has a large global population estimated to be 10,000-100,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Countries: Native: Argentina; Chile

BirdLife International 2008. Tachyeres pteneres. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 12 January 2009.

This photo is taken in Isla de Chiloé, Bahia pinguinera, Region de Los Lagos, Chile. Cropped format.

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Tv 1/500
Av 8.0
ISO 400
Focal 400.0 mm

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Hi Ferran,
Great capture of this Steamer Duck seeming to enjoy his afternoon nap; good POV and composition, sharp fine details, natural habitat in the BG.

hello Ferran

excellent photography of this beautiful South America duck
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


hello Ferran
I have never see streamer duck before, it is are very beautiful
duck, I like his plumage very much. His colors makes a good camouflage in this rocks
very good composition

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-12 19:31]

Hello Farren,
This is my first time seeing this species so thank you very much for the excellent image and note Ferran.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-13 1:00]

Hi Ferran,
Very nice shot.It's new to me.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-13 2:24]

Hello Ferran,
This vicious duck is new to me! When left in peace it is obviously quite docile though!! Well captured in beautiful light showing its lovely plumage. Very interesting!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

great capture , perfect light and fine details ,
nice composition!

Dear Friend,
After three weeks of absence I hoped to find a new photo from you as a sign of life..

Helas nothing. Ergo I chose one of your many postings, this lonly, sad looking duck.

It should not have been cold at that time of the year. May be it was raining? I had this discussion with other members - who did not want to believe me - that ducks are miserable in the rain, when I posted the photo of a wet Wood Duck, see link Link

I guess you shot this photo at low tide...

The natural colours emphasise the poor degenerated feathers; may be it is upset, because it can not fly :-)

I really miss seeing your work. It is always a pleasure to view your photos i.e. the perfect photographic technique, the interesting subjects and informative notes.

Have a nice evening,
Take care

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