Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday: Whistling Ducks

There are 2 kinds of Whistling Ducks in Australia. And as I promised Theresa from The Run*A*Round Ranch Report , here they are.

The Wandering Whistling-Duck.

"The Wandering Whistling-Duck is a large duck with rich red-brown plumage overall, with a paler face, front of neck and upper breast. There is a dark stripe on the crown of head, nape and back of neck. The bill and legs are dark. There are elongated flank plumes, which are off-white with chestnut edges. In flight, the dark underwings, cinnamon and chestnut underbody, white undertail and trailing dark legs are seen." - Birds In Backyards

And the Plumed Whistling-Duck; which is quite different in colour and appearance

"The Plumed Whistling-Duck... 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." - Birds In Backyards

You can see the distinct differences in colour, markings and build in the image below...


This is my contribution to Stewart's meme:

19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

LOVE LOVE!!!

the wandering is just so richly colored in chocolate and caramel! gorgeous!

the plumed - wowza! such flair! reminds me a bit of an egyptian goose with its unique coloration.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous ducks!

HansHB said...

Great and interesting photos!

Gary said...

Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

nic.b van es said...

mooie serie het zijn er nogal wat.?

EG CameraGirl said...

Such handsome ducks!

EG CameraGirl said...

I wish we had these great-looking ducks here in Ontario, Canada!

mick said...

A great series of photos which clearly shows the differences between the two ducks.

eileeninmd said...

They are cute ducks, great shots of your Whistling duck!

Carole M. said...

i've only ever seen these ducks at quite a distance in the past; fabulous shots you got of them Liz

Karen said...

Terrific shots of Oz whistlers!

Stewart M said...

Nice birds - I dont see them very often.

Dont wish the cool weather away too soon!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Lisa Gordon said...

They are really beautiful, and your photographs of them are wonderful!

Dave said...

Lovely post - I love the stance and long neck look of Whistling ducks

Gordon said...

Great pics and interesting reading.
Gordon.

LOLfromPasa said...

Liz, your shots are wonderful and so clear. I am trying them myself and finding it hard to do. Well done, you!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely ducks, they're so cute.

ladyfi said...

Those ducks are just lovely! Wonderful shots.

thefisherlady said...

These are so amazing! They would be so fun to draw. You have inspired me~

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