David McDonald Photography
February 5, 2008
Bulletin #26 – winter birds Houston area #2 - ducks
As expected some people preferred the original format, so I will include the pictures and also post them to my Pbase web site with the links. Hopefully everyone will be happy!
Hermann Park in downtown Houston has a large pond and thus is a great location for waterfowl. Many species winter here along with some year round residents and of course the domesticated varieties.
The following photos were taken in this park Jan. 26, 2008.
The first is the Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). The drake with his long crest and vibrant colors is the most beautiful waterfowl in North America. The female is drab gray and brown, but has a large white eye-ring.
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The Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)is a small bright brown duck. There was a pair of males in the pond, but no females.
The male American Widgeon (Anas americana) has a white central head stripe and is called ‘baldpate’ by hunters. There is a green stripe behind the
The male Gadwall (Anas strepera) is drab brown, but has a black tail, and white wing patches.
The male Redhead (Aythya americana) is appropriately named. The female is dull brown with warmer brown head.
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The Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) is a long-necked duck with brown plumage and large white wing patches and a white tail that is seen in the second photo. This is a resident duck in Houston.
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The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) is a permanent resident and breeder in Hermann Park. It is beautiful with black belly, dark brown body and pink beak and legs. I took these photos last winter.
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All comments and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2007 - 2008 David McDonald