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American Wigeon


American Wigeon
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-02-15 15:29
Viewed: 3894
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
American wigeon (Anas americana).
The American wigeon is a member of the Anatidae family that includes approximately 145 species of ducks, geese and swans. Unlike many of the ducks that range around the Northern Hemisphere, the American wigeon is largely limited to North America, as its scientific name would indicate. Its counterpart is the Eurasian wigeon, distinguished by a rich red-brown head and buffy cap.

The American wigeon is approximately 14 inches long with a wingspan of around 34 inches. It is often called "baldpate," for the male's gleaming white forehead and crown that make him instantly recognizable in a mixed flock of ducks. He has green patches on the sides of his grey head as well, and his breast and sides are a rich pinkish brown. In flight, he flashes large white patches on the upper wings. The female is mottled brown, but her contrasting grey head and neck usually serve to distinguish her from female gadwalls and pintails. Her wing-patches are more dingy grey but still recognizable. Both have a blue bill with black on the tip.

Wigeons eat aquatic plants, seeds and insects, and feed on the surface of the water with their heads down and tails in the air. Called "dabbling" or "puddle ducks," they have small webbed feet and can walk better on land than diving ducks. Diving ducks feed on the bottoms of ponds and marshes, have larger feet and waddle when they walk. Their wings are small, forcing them to run across the water when they take off. Dabblers have large wings, compared to their body size, and fly with more control. This enables them to quickly take flight when startled.
Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, Arundel, Sussex.

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Michael your building quite an awesome gallery on ducks here at TN. IL know where to go if I want a ID on one. This is excellent quality and the details are stunning...very well done.

Great shot again Michael,
Nice sharp details and excellent clarity and colours
Thanks for posting

Very nice capture michael. I like the soft colours and the dof is very good. Clever handling of the light and the diagonal composition is good. Personally I would prefer just a little more space in fron of the duck. Very informative note about the duck.

Another very fine capture Michael! Quite a collection you've got going on here at TN as Stephen has said...Great work & TFS!!

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-02-15 22:03]

Belle prise, avec des détails nette et une très grande lumière. Le regard du canard parfait. Félicitations !

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-16 5:52]

Another one I haven't seen befoe Michael, this is a nice collection of aquatic birds you are building. Good image, nice and sharp. Well done.

Nice sharp detailed image...knocking the exposure down say -0.3 EV would have helped to bring out the colours more in the highlights

There certainly is a good selection of ducks at this place you go to. Here is another fine shot, all nice and sharp but I think the front may be a bit overexposed.

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