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White-faced Whistling Duck

White-faced Whistling Duck
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-08-12 5:55
Viewed: 4991
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another duck to my collection. This duck I saw in Venezuela and Senegal in the wild, but couldn’t make such a close photo of it. This specimen I saw in Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany.

The White-faced Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna viduata, is a whistling duck which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.

This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites, the flocks of a thousand or more birds arriving at dawn are an impressive sight. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear three-note whistling call.

This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the underparts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.

Range and habitat
Common to locally abundant resident in freshwater marshes, grassy lagoons and flooded fields and in all habitats usually near bodies of open water. To 300 m.
Costa Rica, E Panama to Bolivia and N.Argentina; also in tropical Africa and Madagascar.

It nests on a stick platform near the ground, and lays 8-12 eggs. Trees are occasionally used for nesting.

The White-faced Whistling Duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Sources: Wikipedia; Birds of Venezuela by Steven L. Hilty and A Guide to the birds of Costa Rica by F. Gary Stiles and Alexander F. Skutch.

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Hello Peter,
Very beautful image.Colours,light,compo and sharpness are excellent.
With best wishes,
Anil Purohit

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-08-12 6:25]

Hallo Peter.

Een mooie foto van deze apart gekleurde eend. Beetje standaard pose voor een eend wat je hier prima laat zien. Hij kan wel een slabbetje gebruiken zo te zien.

Gr. Hans

Hi Peter,

Beautiful colours, good detail and the pose make this a very good shot. I like the droplet falling from the ducks beak. Very nice eye contact makes it look like it's intently watching you.
TFS regards Bill

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-12 6:56]

Hello Peter,
Nice to see the White-faced Whistling Duck so close! A fine healthy specimen well taken with excellent sharpness and colours from a fine POV.
I have taken analogue shots of this species in Gambia but never got so close.
A fine portrait of this attractive species and thanks for sharing it.
Kind regards,

Hallo Peter
The colours on the plumage of this White-faced Whistling Duck is very special, and the natural light adds to the beauty of it. The presentation as a whole is bright and very pleasant to look at, and the additional objects like the scattered leaves on the surface makes it very special. I like the way how the different colours of the plumage fits together like puzzles pieces, all at the right place. All the detail in the image is seen well and with great clarity. It has magnetism to it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hallo Peter
Er zitten toch hele mooie eenden bij ,zoals deze die er bij staat alsof hij geschilderd is
super scherp en mooie pose met veel details
een plaatje Peter

I am struck by the subtle beauty of this bird's colours, Peter.
Looks like you had all the time in the world to compose your shot and then produce this beauty with the water drop trickling off its beak.
A really fine picture with the ambient light too working wonders in enhancing the appeal of this shot.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-12 7:44]

Hello Peter,
A eautiful and well-timed capture of this Whistling Duck. I like how the light has brought out the wonderful colours and the details are very sharp. A fine composition too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-12 8:52]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this very nice colored, beautiful Duck, I never see this species, TFS!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-08-12 9:17]

Hola Peter,
magnífica captura, atractivo pov y foco.

Great details Peter, I like that drop of water hanging off its beak too..
Minor exposure and blue fringing/color cast issues at the head is all.

Hallo Peter,

een erg mooie foto uit Walsrode mijn favoriete vogelpark. Goed van scherpte en prachtig van kleur.
In het wild blijft mooier maar dan moet je wel de gelegenheid hebben.


Hello Peter
cold duck ... with his bright eyes and taste the beak ...
it is delightful
the colors are beautiful and very natural.
Thank you, friendship

Hi Peter,

Great timely excellent capture of this lovely duck! Great exposure management to freeze the droplet in the air MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-12 13:12]

Hello Peter,
a wonderful shot, in a lovely light. Great colors and sharp details. The POV and is wonderful. Lovely composition.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
A very elegant duck with nice colours which you captured with fine details an excellent sharpness. Well done!

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-08-12 16:22]

Hi Peter , this is a nice colorful image , I like the composition with the leaves in the foreground , and the timing for the water droplet from the ducks bill , nice details and good catch-light. tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-12 16:25]

Hi Peter,

A very beautiful duck in an excellent position to show off his face, feathers and feet. The colors and patterns are fabulous, He has a most beautiful ace and eye with the wonderful droplet as a bonus. I love the colors of the water and being able to see his feet below the water. Clarity and composition are outstanding.


Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful White-faced Whistling Duck. Very well composed shot with very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-13 3:10]

Dag Peter,

Mooie scherp plaatje en die druppel aan zijn snavel maakt het helemaal af!


Buena luz, pero sobre todo veo unos magníficos colores, que detenidamentoe observados se nota que son naturales. Una interesante especie además que yo no conocía.
Saludos Peter: J. Ignasi.

This duck look wonderful.Nice colors and pretty face.
Good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Peter, fantastic image and fantastic duck. Color and detail at top. A very beautiful image. Best regards Paolo

Hello Peter,
Lovely shot of this pretty faced duck. Impressive exposure.
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter
a beautiful add in your great bird collection, this colorful duck is superb
the head is well focused, i like very much the sunshine on the plumage, the color of the water and the droplet on the beak
Have a good night

Hello Peter,
Great and colorful photo of this beautiful duck
TFS and have a good weekend

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-14 4:06]

Hello Peter,
Very cute and beautiful duck; amazing to read that it occurs in SAmerica and in Africa. You caught the ideal pose and the little waterdrop on the beak gives a charming note to the whole. Fine and subtle colors, improved slightly in the WS.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-14 4:24]

Hello Peter,
excellent colour and superb presentation. I like to see the droplets on the beak. so full of suspense.
Well seen in excellent details and sharpness.


Hello Peter friend,
I've been absent from TF, because a lot of work, but today I have taken time to see some photos of my friends in TN! :) ... and I am extremely surprised to see that you have photographed one of our "Guiriri" (as we call them here because the song) ... really is a nice surprise! ... congratulations! You have made a great photo, with each color perfectly registered, and using a perfect POV! Thank you very much for this picture!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hello Peter!

Beautiful duck. I saw this species in Gdansk's ZOO, with many other ducks, but I haven't it in my collection, and I didn't know that this species live in South America, so thank You for very useful note. Nice shot!


Hallo Peter,
what a fantastic colourful duck taken from an excellent low POV with very good sharpness and marvellous colours, a very pleasing close composition
Best regards

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely duck with fantastic colors, beautiful composition, excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-24 19:34]

Hello Peter,
Another superb piece of work from you. Sharpness, colour and composition are all extremely good, well done Peter.

Hello Peter,
A very colorful bird captured at a great moment. Well executed with detail, sharpness and lovely colours.
Ciao, Melania.

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of this exotic duck,
fine POV, DOF, beautiful light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, and with the water droplet, TFS


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