Duck Butts

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Duck Butts Duck Butts By Corey • February 28, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share We here at 10,000 Birds believe that every bird is beautiful and, moreover, that every part of every bird is beautiful. Even we, however, tend not to stare too long or too hard at the nether regions of ducks dabbling for dinner. Without further ado, duck butts.

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The Mottled Duck – A Birder’s Duck

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There really isn’t much to say about the Mottled Duck. It is one of several species in the Mallard -complex of ducks, along with American Black Duck , Mexican Duck , and quite a few others. Essentially the Mottled Duck is the southern analog to the American Black Duck. What the Mottled Duck lacks in color it makes up for in personality…no, honestly, that’s not true at all. Mottled Ducks.

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Duck Migration

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Trips / Duck Migration Duck Migration By Corey • March 14, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share This past Saturday I made my way to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s West Pond a bit before sunset in order to try to get more flight shots of ducks like these as they made their way in to the pond to roost for the night.

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African Pygmy Geese – Diminutive Ducks

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I discovered that there are actually a fair number of ducks and other waterfowl that are wrongly called geese. True geese belong to the tribe or sub-family Anserini within the larger family Anatidae that encompasses ducks, geese and swans. So any birds that don’t belong to these genera can be considered either ducks or swans or something else. Well, the Pygmy Geese complex are actually all ducks belonging to the genus Nettapus.

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Here’s the new bird family tree. It’s amazing.

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’s bird family tree in a new tab and follow along as you read. l-r) Brushland Tinamou ( Nothoprocta cinerascens ), Southern Cassowary ( Casuarius casuarius ), Greater Sage-Grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus ), Mandarin Duck ( Aix galericulata ). Have you noticed ducks and quail replacing loons and grebes at the beginning of newer bird field guides and checklists?

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Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis By Corey • March 9, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share A recent visit to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond was rewarding in both number and variety of waterfowl, but none drew my attention like one particular Ruddy Duck.

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Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 Lodi Appellation)

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To celebrate this minor listing milestone, I chose a 2015 Cabernet by Sand Point Family Vineyards of Acampo, California, whose logo is an adorable California Quail sitting on a swing (we can presumably eliminate the similar Gambel’s Quail by range here). Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Lodi Appellation). The post Sand Point Family Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon (2015 Lodi Appellation) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Male Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis in Basic Plumage

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Male Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis in Basic Plumage Male Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis in Basic Plumage By Corey • March 17, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share Lately, I have grown a bit obsessed by Ruddy Ducks , those lovable little stiff-tailed ducks that are nearly ubiquitous on any sizable freshwater body of water in New York City this time of year.

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Teal Lake Shiraz (2019)

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The quacker in question was named Ripper, a drake Musk Duck raised at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra. Though many bird species are capable of imitating human speech, Ripper made headlines for being the first duck ever known to have done so.

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Hiding in plain sight

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There were plenty of small family groups of White-winged Fairywrens and Purple-backed Fairywrens. I then noticed there were actually some ducks tucked in against the tufts of vegetation. They were out of the wind and I asked Grant if he could see the two ducks. Pink-eared Ducks.

A Modest Proposal for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp

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Duck hunting is big business in the United States. Just ask whoever greenlit the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty , about a family that sells duck calls.) But what about those of us who’d rather just look at ducks than shoot them? Where’s our duck stamp? The ducks, and those who enjoy them, will thank you. Birds Conservation duck stamp A mockup of what a Wildlife Conservation Stamp might look like.

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Redhead Aythya americana

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Redhead Aythya americana Redhead Aythya americana By Corey • March 5, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share The Redhead is one of the sexier of our ducks, if searches on Google for “ sexy redhead &# are any indication. It is a well-named duck, as the male does have a red head. Save that for the duck butts.

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Stalking a Kiwi Icon

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In spite of this New Zealand does have an iconic family of birds that has served as an emblem for the country for over a century, the kiwi. I ducked down excitedly and switched on the read torch, shining the weak light under a large bush, and sure enough there was a North Island Brown Kiwi. Tree Swallows Return, It Must Be Spring Polygynandry and the Alpine Accentor Duck Migration Finally Saw-Whet.Or

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide by Sébastien Reeber is an exhaustively comprehensive reference book that is sure to bring joy to the heart of every birder who slowly scopes through the hundreds of ducks in the local marsh or bay and eventually, after an hour or so, looks up, smiles, and says, “I have a Eurasian Teal.” Or, a Tufted Duck or Cackling Goose. Ducks, swans, and geese may initially appear easy to identify.

Iced Over in the South

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Several days of sub-freezing temperatures have frozen over the lakes in my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, making for phenomenal duck watching for those willing to brave the weather. Unfortunately, with a new baby on my plate, this once in a decade waterfowl show has been difficult for me to partake in, but with family in town I was able to slip out and run the “lake loop”, a short route that takes me to the three largest bodies of water in the county.

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The Creepiness of Heidelberg Zoo

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This fear of the dark and deep is the reason why I am happy and grateful every day I wasn’t born a duck. Seriously, ducks must be the toughest creatures ever, the Chuck Norrises of the bird world, because they endure this thing all the time. I am reminded of the ducks’ perilous and arduous existence on each family outing to Heidelberg Zoo. He doesn’t go there for the ducks, but for the fish. Marine ducks fish waterfowl

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Paradise Shelducks (Tadorna variegata)

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They are the only endemic duck species that hunting is permitted for, in fact, the other species being either too rare or outright extinct. Dad with the family a few months ago. Birds ducks New Zealand endemics wellingtonJust a quick post today to appreciate one of New Zealand’s most attractive birds, the Paradise Shelduck.

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Bufflehead in Flight

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Bufflehead in Flight Bufflehead in Flight By Corey • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share Bufflehead are one of our most amusing ducks. It is also entertaining to watch them launch themselves straight into the air from the surface of the water like a puddle duck would instead of running across the surface to get airborne like most divers do.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2021)

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My family’s walk through Rochester’s historic Mt. But everything else paled in comparison to his first Black-bellied Whistling-Duck in Queens since 2010. Another weekend brings another example of the climate volatility induced by global warming.

Mount Alexandra Nature Reserve-Mittagong

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Having spent a few days in Sydney with my sister and family and doing the two long walks in the Royal National Park and Georges River National Park we headed south to stay at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands. The trees held a great variety of birds and even the Australian Wood Ducks had taken to finding a warmer place than the ground in the morning. You don’t generally expect to find ducks high up in trees, but this species was often found perched high up.

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Swarovski Skills Camp, or men and their toys

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But Swarovski Optik is a family-owned business, so the then CEO, Mr. Swarovski, categorically rejected the advice and decided: factory stays in Austria, and the prices will only go up! Yesterday evening I got home from the second Swarovski Skills Camp at Lake Neusiedl in the east of Austria.

On THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING

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He was adopted by the Masson family and was apparently the most loving dog all who met him had ever had the pleasure of being licked by. Yes, I wanted to also say to him "Yeah dogs are great, but you didn't see my multi-year relationship with Mr. Magoo, a Muscovy duck who was blind in one eye." There are duck stories and elephant stories and pig stories, but the reason we hear about them is because they are extraordinary.

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Christmas Day birding around Broome

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It is a little tradition we started when we were not both working on Christmas Day and a great way to pass the day when you don’t have family in the same state or time zone! There were plenty of Australian Pelicans, Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilt and Gull-billed Terns, but the numbers were down on the Plumed Whistling Ducks which normally line the edge of the ponds in their thousands. The variety of ducks was good and especially the high presence of Pink-eared Ducks.

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Birding the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee

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Most of the trip was taken up with family meals and nights on the town with friends (and suffering a bit in the morning), but I did get away to do some birding in Melbourne’s top birding spot which isn’t so much a dump as the pits. These small birds look like wagtails that don’t wag, but are actually members of the honeyeater family. No wonder they were in their own family for so long! Birding ducks Melbourne poo ponds Victoria

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Kermie

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On a very quiet night during a lull in the drama of the ducks, I was researching the Greyhound racing industry, and seething over its treatment of dogs as well as the support it often gets, through subsidies, to help it survive. My imagination conjured a frog desperate to return to his home and family, but trapped in a surreal world of artificially-cold air, very little dirt, ostensibly no available water, and precious few bugs to eat. Kermie.

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Broome’s lake

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Broome’s lake Plumed Whistling-Ducks and Australasian Grebe Silver Gulls, Australian White Ibis and Plumed Whistling-Ducks Royal Spoonbill -of the muddy variety! As you read this we have just got to Sydney to help my sister and family with a house move, a new school for our two nephews and just a spot of birding…there’s a list to add to! Trips Australia Broome grebes gulls whistling ducksFor at least 12 years now there has been a lake in Broome.

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Lifer! But, which one?

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So I contacted him for the exact location, which turned out to be a beautiful 14-acre property that belongs to his family, and he kindly invited me over. But the Mexican Ducks say otherwise.

Peeps and Plovers on Cuitzeo Beaches

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For a few years now, every time they visit their family here, he or they go with me to bird my favorite sites. Just two weeks earlier, the only ducks I had seen were a handful of resident Mexican Ducks and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks.

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¡Cuerporruín!

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The best laid plans… Last week, I had hoped to get permission to get onto the campus of one or Morelia’s many universities, to look for a family of Wood Ducks that apparently have arrived to spend the winter in its unusual habitat of marshy forest.

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The best-kept birding secrets of Belgrade

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and 180 bird species ( Ferruginous Duck , Black Woodpecker ; Icterine , Eastern Olivaceous and Barred Warblers ) recorded so far. Head back to the town of Opovo and ask for the Kod Bobe Restaurant (Chez Boba), a second generation in the same family and the best restaurant in the region.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl–A Book Review

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl covers every residential, migrating, vagrant, exotic, and introduced swan, goose, dabbling and diving duck in North America (Canada and the United States): 62 Species Accounts on four swan species and one vagrant subspecies; 15 goose species; 46 duck species; plus accounts for hybrid geese, ducks and exotics. Here’s a sample of how that section reads: “Ducks have 14-18 feathers (rectrices).

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Goosander

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It had learned that people feed bread to the ducks and small fish gather beneath the ducks to mop up any crumbs that are missed. It is a member of the sawbill family of ducks which contains the mergansers and the “teeth” of the serrated bill assist in gripping prey which consists predominantly of fish. Most of you will be more comfortable with the name Common Merganser , but the Brits still like to use Goosander.

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National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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Using the icons to locate specific bird families takes a little getting used to, but if you do it often it works well as a finding tool. In the back of the book, we find a lengthy section on “Bird Families,” a glossary, an index.

A new year, new life and new hope….

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Our next stop was the Poo Ponds , where there are very few ducks now we have had some rain. We did find a family of Dollarbirds, though and it was the first time I had photographed four together! Wandering-Whistling Ducks.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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Didn’t every household have a copy of a Peterson Field Guide on the shelf, maybe a third or fourth edition that family members grew up with, which they could quickly consult to see the arrow pointing to that belly band?

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2012)

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The month and this particular period is all the more auspicious for me and mine, as so many friends and families celebrate spring birthdays. My family took our annual post-Easter Egg hunt hike at Powder Mills Park, where I spied several gorgeous matched pairs of Wood Ducks along with lots of different woodpecker species. Early April is a special time for most, especially those of us in the Northern Hemisphere that love each emerging sign of spring.

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What is a Merganser?

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One of the sweetest subsections of the duck family has to be the sawbills, formally known as mergansers. Mergansers are a family of diving waterfowl in Merginae , the seaduck subfamily of Anatidae. However, the Hooded Merganser ( Lophodytes cucullatus ) is so handsome, the drake flaunting a white, fan-shaped, black-bordered crest, a black body with chestnut flanks, and white breast with vivid vertical black stripes, that any family of fish ducks would be pleased to claim it.

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The Numbers Game

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That is because we receive so many extra species from up north, which can double the number of potential species in many of our most important avian families: Ducks, Hummingbirds, Wood Warblers, New World Sparrows, Tyrant Flycatchers, and many others.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2018)

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The reason I ask is because my family and I visited the Bronx Zoo this weekend. Turacos, hornbills, and diverse ducks were far more interesting than the robins and catbirds scrounging around the exhibits. July often means travel, which sometimes means tourist attractions, which occasionally means exotic or introduced bird species. Following me here? Encountering exotics raises all manner of questions in birders, the toughest of which rarely center on identification.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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And, the One-page Index, a quick reference to locating major bird families, is placed in two locations–the front and the back of the book. Family groups are briefly introduced with descriptions of their shared characteristics.

What’s in a Name: Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks

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Instead, the mid-sized family Accipiter was named for William Cooper – noted conchologist and colleague to such bird-name luminaries as Thomas Nuttall and Charles Lucien Bonaparte (who did the naming). Meanwhile, the sporty little couple of passerine devourers is named apparently for skipping leg day, joining the likes of the Ring-necked Duck and Red-bellied Woodpecker in being called after a physical feature that is pretty much pointless as a field mark.

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Queensland’s First Nordmann’s Greenshank

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I would be away from my family for a time and my visiting in-laws from Tasmania….Perhaps There were other target birds in this area of the state; namely Spotted Whistling Duck, Chestnut breasted Cuckoo and the migrant Black faced Monarch.

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Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

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On the drive I had picked up the flamboyant Red-collared and Long-tailed Widowbirds , extraordinary members of the weaver family who’s ridiculous tails make them easy to spot even from a moving car. Longclaws are African members of the pipit and wagtail family, and unlike the rest of the family they have gorgeously-coloured throats. Doing so found us an African Grassbird , a scruffy but attractive member of the African warbler family.