Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Wildlife Photos

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Dec 23, 2011, 12:57 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
smac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 6,103
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saly View Post
Wow what a spectacular bird! Congratulations, I think you captured him beautifully. Are they a solitary bird? Is he just hanging out with the other ducks? Would he mate with another species of ducks?

Thanks Saly, from what little I know they are not necessarily solitary. They can hybridize with Eurasian Wigeon and others I suppose. This one just happens to be hear on his own. He did seem to stick with the other Am. Wigeon that were there and seemed to be a home. He seems to have habituated to that island since that is were most of the daily sightings are occurring. I plan on going back after Christmas to see if I can get some better pics.

Happy Holidays,
Steve
__________________
Think like a person of action,
Act like a person of thought.
smac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 23, 2011, 12:58 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
smac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 6,103
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jjdog2 View Post
Great shots of a fantastic looking bird. Thanks for sharing.

jj

Thanks jj, and you are welcome. My pleasure.
__________________
Think like a person of action,
Act like a person of thought.
smac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 23, 2011, 3:11 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Western Canada
Posts: 3,076
Default

Never seen or heard of one before. Thanks for posting. Where do they normally live ?
lesmore49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 23, 2011, 3:36 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
smac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 6,103
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lesmore49 View Post
Never seen or heard of one before. Thanks for posting. Where do they normally live ?
Thanks Les, They live and breed in Asia. China, Thailand, Korea etc.
__________________
Think like a person of action,
Act like a person of thought.
smac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 23, 2011, 4:40 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
smac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 6,103
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pkbhat View Post
Steve, beauriful colours. Liked the shots very much.
I almost missed you reply.

Thank you very much PK. Do any of these ducks ever make it to India? Just curious.

Best wishes,
Steve
__________________
Think like a person of action,
Act like a person of thought.
smac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24, 2011, 12:56 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
penolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California USA
Posts: 5,206
Default

Nice job locating and documenting this seldom seen vagrant from Asia, Steve.

Do you happen to have more pictures of the small goose with the tiny beak that is just behind the Falcated Teal in the first picture? Canada Geese are highly variable, with several races that are capable of hybridizing. The smallest race of Canada Geese ( B. c. minima) is much like the endangered Aleutian Canada Goose ( B. c. leucopareia , which is distinguished by a broad white neck ring, usually lacking in minima (which can sometimes have a narrow one to confuse things). Both can be found wintering in California. I can see what may be part of a neck ring on that bird, so it would be interesting to see which (if either) this one is.
__________________
.
.
If life brings you lemons, you can make lemonade.
penolta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24, 2011, 2:48 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Western Canada
Posts: 3,076
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by smac View Post
Thanks Les, They live and breed in Asia. China, Thailand, Korea etc.
Thanks for the info. I wonder if the duck got blown off course to end up in the States ?
lesmore49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 24, 2011, 4:04 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
smac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern California
Posts: 6,103
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by penolta View Post
Nice job locating and documenting this seldom seen vagrant from Asia, Steve.

Do you happen to have more pictures of the small goose with the tiny beak that is just behind the Falcated Teal in the first picture? Canada Geese are highly variable, with several races that are capable of hybridizing. The smallest race of Canada Geese ( B. c. minima) is much like the endangered Aleutian Canada Goose ( B. c. leucopareia , which is distinguished by a broad white neck ring, usually lacking in minima (which can sometimes have a narrow one to confuse things). Both can be found wintering in California. I can see what may be part of a neck ring on that bird, so it would be interesting to see which (if either) this one is.

Here is a picture of the goose in question. I wasn't focusing on this goose so it's not the sharpest but should help you. I have other shots of several others like this goose but this seems to be the closest and clearest of the shots. These appear to be the (B.c . minima) race.
Steve

Here is a link to the gallery of 14 other shots of this bird.
__________________
Think like a person of action,
Act like a person of thought.

Last edited by smac; Jan 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM.
smac is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:20 PM.