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Turkey Ducks

Turkey Ducks
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Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 550 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Exotic Ducks Of The World, Newfoundland Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-08 13:22
Viewed: 5425
Points: 2
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“Turkey Ducks is what the locals call these big ducks. These strange ducks call Upper Gullies their home. We saw these of these ducks today; 2 females in white and the colored male.
The Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck which is native to Mexico and Central and South America. A small wild population reaches into the United States in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. There also are feral breeding populations in North America in and around public parks in nearly every state of the USA and in the Canadian provinces; feral populations also exist in Europe. Although the Muscovy Duck is a tropical bird, it adapts to icy and snowy conditions down to –12°C (10°F) and below without ill effects.
Muscovy ducks are sedentary and do not have established migration patterns; they have been here for several years. Maybe they were imported by a local farmer?
The Muscovy was domesticated in South America before the arrival of Columbus. The Muscovy and the wild Mallard are believed to be the ancestors of all modern domestic ducks.
Muscovy ducks will steal your heart if you ever get to know them. They are friendly and have become accustomed to living alongside humans.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-09 2:15]

Hello Jim,
Very interesting and vivid shot. Love the expression of the loud one at right. Interesting composition and point of view too. Well seen.
Kind regards

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