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|Chiloe Wigeon, Anas sibilatrix.|
One of the hardest ducks to photograph as the feathers on the back look really 'noisy' before you even start. I have wanted to post a photo of this species for months and this is probably the best of about fifty pictures. One day i may post the perfect Chiloe picture but until it happens this will have to do.
Although the Chiloe wigeon is a common species, especially in parts of Chile, hunting pressure and loss of habitat have affected their numbers. They breed well in captivity and can be seen in a large number of zoological parks and gardens.
Chiloe wigeons are highly social birds especially during the non-breeding season. They feed mainly on dry land but can be seen dabbling and up-ending while in open water. The short bill of the wigeon makes it easier to graze on grasses.
Migration is limited for the wigeon and is determined by food and water supplies.
Breeding season begins with mutual displays of chin-lifting movements and vocalizations. Both the male and female frequently display preening behaviors and the male will regularly turn his head as he swims ahead of his mate. Even in flocks of 100, strong pair bonds can form during this time.
Chiloe wigeons have the strongest pair bonds of all wigeons. The female will seek out a nesting site in tall grasses or weeds. The male does not assist in incubation but remains nearby protecting the nest. He will rejoin his mate after the ducklings hatch and attend to the young.
There are three species of wigeons. The Chiloe, the American and the European!
The male wigeon does not have eclipse or non-breeding plumage!This duck is named for Chiloe Island off the coast of southern Chile!
Photographed at the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, Arundel, Sussex.
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Nice capture Michael,
I see no noise in this shot. Good coposition and very clear sharp details.
Thanks for posting
As always Michael beautiful details and stunning colours...very well done.
Michael, It seem these two have staggered themselves very nicely for the shot..Looks like they're making a bee-line with a combined sense of direction..Great color & sharpness..Well done!!
- [2005-02-21 17:29]
Belle composition et bonnes couleurs. La netteté est aussi au rendez-vous. félicitation et bonne journée.
- [2005-02-21 17:31]
Hi Michael, more if that lovely light here. A very attractive pair of wigeons. Their colours are very attractive, well done.
- [2005-02-22 1:17]
Two in tandom. Very nice shot Michael. Very crisp detail and lovely colours. Very good work
Great post, superb light and colours.