Thursday, February 23, 2012

World Bird Wednesday: Plumed Whistling- Duck

While out at Wivenhoe Dam last week, I was busy capturing a Great Egret and, as it flew across the water, I noticed through my lens a bird I have never seen before. Once home, I looked through my images and by certain features (particularly the bill) I was sure it was a duck of some kind. After some detective work on one of my favourite Aussie websites, "Birds In Backyards", I discovered the bird was the Plumed Whistling-Duck.



Here's a little info courtesy of "Birds In Backyards":
The Plumed Whistling-Duck is one of two whistling or tree ducks found in Australia. It is a tall, long necked duck, with very prominent long lanceolate off-white plumes edged in black along the flanks. The face and foreneck are light, the crown and hind neck are pale brown and the brown feathers of the upper back are edged buff. The breast is pale chestnut, finely barred in black. The bill is mottled pink and grey and the legs and feet are pink.



They weren't too keen on me edging closer and made their way to the water...




Another great find and more birds to add to my list, equals a happy novice bird watcher.

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16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these are built identical to the black-bellied whistling ducks we get here, but those flares of feathers on their wings are gorgeous! almost like racing flames on car fenders!

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful ducks! I've never seen one of these before and love the feathers on the side.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful ducks!

Joop Zand said...

Wonderful pictures with nice colors.....well done Liz.

Greetings, Joop

guild-rez said...

Great pictures!!
I have never seen ducks like yours before!!
- Cheers Gisela.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the detail on their wings.

Kathy said...

The way their wings feather back to show the lighter-colored feathers is so pretty! I know we have some of these ducks that come through this area but I've never seen them personally. TexWis (who I see commented earlier) evidently has a flock enjoying her pond right now.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

They're beauties! I love those light wispy feathers on each side =)

Springman said...

Isn't that just the best, the tracking down of a mystery bird? It's wonderful to have such great pictures to help with the ID!
;-)WBW!

holdingmoments said...

Real beauties. I love those side feathers.

Nadege, said...

They are lovely. I have just started chasing birds (with camera), they are so interesting and a bit of a challenge to capture.

heyBJK said...

Beautiful ducks! Love those wing feathers! Congrats on the sighting, Liz!

Aguilar Elliot said...

nice work!

Seeing Each Day said...

Particularly love your 3rd & 7th shot. Thank YOU also for all your lovely comments - you are very kind in what you say - and it's very much taken in and appreciated.

Ross said...

Very nice! I really wish the birds were out right now but only another couple months before spring! Until then I'll be inspired by your shots!

Serline said...

So sweet and loving ducks! Have a great weekend!

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