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Old Jan 12, 2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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I thought I would post various shots of the two types of wigeon we get here in Northern California, the American and the Eurasian wigeon. The American first.


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This drake was taking off out of the shadows in the early morning. That is why the colors are deeper than they would have been in sunlight. I think it is a very dramatic look.
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This is the only time I have identified a female Eurasian and it is totally because I was able to catch this flight shot of the female with its partner. They were up pretty high so I did the best I could to bring out the detail without over processing the image.
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Nice series, Steve! I haven't seen an Eurasian Wigeon yet, now I know what they look like. The female looks almost like a male and unlike the American Wigeon female who looks drastically different from the male due to the absence of the green eye shadow.
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Yes, the difference between the males and females is markedly different. However, if you put the two females side by side the differences are very subtle making it a challenge to distinguish between them in the field.

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Very nice shots Steve. That is one serious lens you have!
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