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American Wigeon

American Wigeon
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Copyright: Penny Harms (nellyemh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 1 N: 159] (767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 8:18
Viewed: 4267
Points: 24
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Another from my duck discoveries yesterday. This American Wigeon almost made me think he was a mallard...until I looked a little closer.

American Wigeon: Medium dabbling duck, brown body with white crown, large green ear patch extending to back of head, buff washed breast and sides, and white belly. White shoulder patches are visible in flight. Black-tipped pale blue bill. Swift dirct flight, strong wing beats. Flies in tight flocks.

Range and Habitat:
American Wigeon: Breeds from Alaska, northern Manitoba and southern Quebec south to Nevada, the Dakotas, and the Great Lakes region, rarely farther east. Spends winters mainly along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts. Marshes, ponds, and shallow lakes are preferred habitats.

Interesting Facts:
The American Wigeon was formerly known as "Baldpate" because the white stripe on their crown resembles a bald man's head.
Their short bill enables them to exert more force at the bill tip than other dabbling ducks, thus permitting efficient dislodging and plucking of vegetation.
Their diet has a higher proportion of plant matter than the diet of any other dabbling duck.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-11 9:07]

nice one Penny! i haven't seen one of these before.. quite a striking duck, and you've captured it in fantastic focus and great DoF.. the detail in those feathers is great! love the water drop on the tip of its beak too. great photo!

Hello Penny
Your low pov with the bank in the foreground is superb and leads the eyes perfectly to this lovely wigeon (he is a new on to me!!) the focus and sharp detail is spot on and the drip of water on his beak is great...perfect colours.
Did you lay down for this one to get such a low pov?

This is a lovely "textbook" image showing the beautiful colors and marking of this duck. We have them near here but I've not managed such a close shot.

Evelynn : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-11 12:33]
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Hello Penny,
This is one of the best postraits of a male American Widgeon that I have seen. the sharpness, details and colours are all excellent and the pose and POV superb. You must have been able to get close to get this shot!
Well done and thanks for sharing,

Hello Penny.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Penny,
Very nice capture of this Wigeon. The bird is beautiful and you did well with exposure and focus. Fine POV and comp also.
TFS, Richard

Hello Penny,
Nice to meet you and thank you for your visit to my "Monarch and Sunflower"!!
As for the photo, you had captured well on both the Wigeon and ripples of water, they are beautiful!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details also the most informative notes!
well done

Hi Penny

Quite a good shot of this Wigeon. Good sharpness and fine plumage detail.
Good low-down POV and well exposed.


she is beautiful Penny,
great capture of this very beautiful duck, nice colours and good details, good photojob here, have a nice weeekend.
gr. jaap

My ignorance always led me to believe these were teals. I have some shots of them, so I am glad I never uploaded with the wrong ID. LOL.
A very good focused shot Penny. I like the feather details and the colours.

hello Penny

beautiful photo, excellent luminosity on all the image,
excellent details of the duck, and a excellent low POV



WOW, Penny!!! GREAT PORTRAIT of the "American Wigeon". Very sharp details. EXCELLENT focusing too.
Welcome to TN.
Hope you enjoy this site. I LOVE IT.
Congratulations on your first baby; soon your baby will accompany & help you with your hobby.
Warm regards from COLD Calgary, Canada,

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