Monday, June 17, 2024

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) - 21Mar2023

This European version of a Canvasback (or Redhead for that matter) is a stunning bird that is clearly easy to get close to in urban parks around the UK. This one was photographed in Hyde Park. The light blue saddle on the bill for males makes it easy to ID.  


Sunday, June 16, 2024

American Black Duck (Anas rebripes) - 04Jan2021 & 11Nov2023 & 14Dec2016

This is a common duck in NC but unless you see it in one of the more wild places, chances are it has hybridized with Mallard.  This one was photographed at Pea Island in North Carolina.

Here is one from Wilmington that flushed when I got too close.  You can see the speculum feathers lack the white edging of Mallards or Mottled Ducks. 

Here are a few that I photographed in flight at Miles Pond in Gloucester Massachusetts.

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) - 29Jan2014 & 21Mar2014 & 29Dec2023

 This species is migratory and although the breeding range is in Eurasia, it can be found all over including Africa, India and the US.   The first photo I have is from a pond in Arizona.

This one was in London in their natural range, but this one has clipped wings!  So it is a non-countable one in one of the London parks.

Here is one that showed up in my home county in Wilmington!  

Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis) - 10Aug2022

Brazilian Teals are actually more closely related to the Crested Duck of Patagonia than they are to teals but for some reason they are still lumped closely to teals in the taxonomic sequence.  I have only seen one so far, at Pousada Aguape in the southern Pantanal region of Brazil.  Here it is stretching its wing and showing off the colorful wing panels.  It is the only one in the Amazonetta genus.

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) - 20Mar2023 & 14Apr2017

These amazing ducks are obviously Asian in origin but have established populations in various places globally including the UK where my first photos are from (London).  Interestingly Wikipedia also lists the feral population in Black Mountain, NC but those are not countable as far as I know.  I took the last picture in Asheville, NC.  The Aix genus includes Wood Ducks which are the closest living relative to Mandarin Ducks.

Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides) - 28Feb2022

Another one of the cool duck species Matt and I picked up in Ushuaia while waiting for our return flight from our Antarctica trip.  These are found throughout Patagonia and Terra Del Fuego.  The genus is monotypic, meaning this is the only species in it.

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) - 20Mar2023 & 05Nov2023

I have seen these beauties in Florida where they are "countable" as well as in North Carolina where they are not.  These photos are from the UK (London) and Belgium (Brussels) where they are abundant and breeding.  Their home range is sub-saharan Africa and the Nile River Valley although they are much more rare in Egypt then elsewhere in Africa.