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Yellow-billed Duck


Yellow-billed Duck
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-04 2:24
Viewed: 106
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata) is a 51–58 cm long dabbling duck which is an abundant resident breeder in southern and eastern Africa.

This duck is not migratory, but will wander in the dry season to find suitable waters. It is highly gregarious outside the breeding season and forms large flocks.

These are mallard-sized mainly grey ducks with a darker head and bright yellow bill. The wings are whitish below, and from above show a white-bordered green speculum.

Sexes are similar, and juveniles are slightly duller than adults. The north-eastern race is darker and has a brighter bill and blue speculum.

It is a bird of freshwater habitats in fairly open country and feeds by dabbling for plant food mainly in the evening or at night. It nests on the ground in dense vegetation near water. Rarely found in suburban areas, in close proximity to golf courses, parks and lakes or dams. The clutch numbers between six and twelve eggs.
The male has a teal-like whistle, whereas the female has a mallard-like quack.

There are two subspecies of the yellow-billed duck: A. undulata rueppelli (northern yellow-billed duck) A. undulata undulata (southern yellow-billed duck)

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Lovely specie of duck. Excellent colors.
Marius.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 433] (8367)
  • [2019-03-05 5:11]

beautiful..

Very intricate but beautiful feather patterns on this Duck, Peter. Lovely candid shot with your long lens.
Ram

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6385 W: 89 N: 15531] (64990)
  • [2019-03-06 2:49]

Hi Peter,beautiful scene showing this duck species in a peaceful and calm day,excellent sharpness and i like a lot the effect of waves made by the ducks mouvmenet on the water too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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