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Plumed Whistling Duck

Plumed Whistling 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: 2013-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-16 6:07
Viewed: 1482
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another new bird for Treknature.

The Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni), also called the Grass Whistle Duck, is a whistling duck that breeds in New Guinea and Australia. It is a predominantly brown-coloured duck with a long neck and characteristic plumes arising from its flanks. The sexes are similar in appearance.

Described by English naturalist Thomas Campbell Eyton in 1838, its specific epithet honours its namer. Its generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek terms dendron "tree", and kuknos (via Latin cygnus) "swan". Alternate common names include; Eyton's Plumed, Red-Legged or Whistling Tree-duck, and Grey or Red-legged Whistler.

Measuring 42–60 cm and weighing around a kilogram, it is a long-necked duck with brown upperparts, paler underparts and a white rump. The chest is chestnut with thin black bars, while long black-margined plumes arise from its flanks. Its bill and legs are pink, and its iris is yellow. The male and female are similar in appearance. The species has a characteristic lowered neck and short, dark, rounded wings while flying.
The call is a characteristic whistle which gives the bird its common name.

Distribution and habitat
The range is eastern, northern and central Australia from the Kimberley across the Top End and Cape York, down to southern Queensland and northern New South Wales on the east coast, although may reach northwestern Victoria inland, in the vicinity of the Murray River. It is also found in New Guinea. The preferred habitat is tall grassland and savanna, often near bodies of water.

Rather than diving for food in bodies of water like other ducks, the Plumed Whistling Duck feeds by cropping grass on land.

The Plumed Whistling Duck breeds during the wet season, generally in January to March, although it can be later in April or, in a few cases, May. One brood is raised per season. The nest is a mattress of grasses or similar material in tall grass, or in or near vegetation as cover. 10 to 12 oval eggs are laid, measuring 48 x 36 mm; 14 or more have been recorded on occasion. Initially shiny and creamy-coloured, they may become stained. The incubation period is around 30 days.

Source: Wikipedia

Taken in bird park Avifauna.

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What a lovely specimen.
Never seen this one. A FIRST FOR ME.
Great notes.
Eye contact 10/10
Well balanced and natural colours.
Greetings from Mario.

Hello Peter,
Congratulation again for this New Species. Very well captured if we talk about its details and sharpness, as well as light on subject. Nice pose with natural colour.
Thanks for sharing your work with us,

Beautiful Duck standing on dry ground, Peter.
Super sharpness, clarity and colours.
Thanks for sharing it.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

FANTASTIC details are seen on the subject.Great one legged pose of a duck.Great photography.

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well and life is good friend. This looks like a live specimen, man!I feel like touching and caressing this elegant bird.....smile!As others have said the focus and clarity are of top class. It has been captured with such grace and skill.A marvellous shot indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing yet again a new species here on TN, a 'wow' contribution indeed.....take care,

warm regards/Abid

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2014-10-16 15:29]

Hi Peter,very interesting duck specie that i never seen before,a curious pose on a leg and a great capture with the best quality as possible,i like it! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano

hallo peter
Wat is deze MOOI!!
super scherp met veel details en prachtige kleuren
mooie foto
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4419)
  • [2014-10-17 12:16]

Olá Peter bela foto com composição e nitidez muito boa excelente meus parabéns.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-23 4:21]

Hello Peter,
A very cute specimen... I like the way the feathers are dispalyed in an artistic manner and the bird's elegant attitude. A very fine natural shot, indeed.
Kind regards

Hello Peter,
Beautiful Duck standing on punishment (standing on one leg) mode
Thanks for sharing it.

Hello Peter,
Another impressive capture with fine details,lovely colours and well composed.
Best regards....Joy

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