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Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck
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Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds, Newfoundland Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-25 2:20
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Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
“Ring-necked Duck” is the name of this photo taken today in a pond in Mortier. This is my first time seeing these beautiful birds.Are they rare birds in these parts,southern Newfoundland?
The most common diving duck to be found on small ponds in migration, the Ring-necked Duck is more easily recognized by the bold white ring around its bill than the subtle purplish one around its neck.
The Ring-necked Duck was first described in 1809 by Edward Donovan, an Anglo Irish writer and amateur zoologist.
This species might better be called the "Ring-billed Duck," for its chestnut neck ring is usually seen only at close range, while the white ring on the bill can be a prominent field mark.
Because it never gathers in large flocks it has not been hunted extensively like some of its relatives. A fast flier, it undertakes longer migrations than most other diving ducks.
A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

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