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|I had never seen one of these ducks before I visited the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary three days ago. It's always interesting what just pops up at that location. My photo shows a male Redhead (Aythya americana). According to the Birds of Alberta Field Guide, these ducks are diving ducks, but they also feed by dabbling. Primarily, they eat aquatic vegetation, but apparently they will also eat aquatic invertebrates. The females could be considered to be the duck version of the Brown-headed Cowbird -- but, not to the same extent; occasionally, a Redhead will lay its eggs in another duck's nest. I found it interesting to read that the male Redhead meows like a cat during courtship. These ducks are larger than a Blue-winged Teal, but smaller than a Mallard. According to The Sibley Guide to Birds, Redheads may be found throughout Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba and the interior of B.C., during the breeding season. They also breed in many of the U.S. states below the four western Canadian provinces.|
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hello big John,
Fantastic photo, wonderful, congratulations for the sharpness, contrast and natural colors
Thanks for sharing
perfect picture and detalis.
My nephew is beside me now 1.5 years old,
It was much like this picture.
- [2010-05-15 16:11]
Hi John,it's avery professional work your pic! What a lot of perfect details,from the eye to plumes,and what a beautifuls reflections too! Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.
- [2010-05-16 0:01]
Wonderful capture with vivid colors, good light and nice composition
Thanks for sharing
- [2010-05-16 22:36]
You even got detail in the reflection. Outstanding image John, thanks.
the only ducks i have seen are the mallard, the black duck,
and the wood duck, i would love to see other species of ducks
like this beautiful male Redhead duck, very beautifully composed
photo with fine POV, excellent focus sharpness and details
even of the reflection at the water, a beautiful light
coming to his head, TFS