Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 40 - Pink-eared Duck.

My recent trip to Perth gave me a chance (after work, just in case the boss is reading!) to get some images of Pink-eared Duck.  This small duck - about 40 cm long - is a delight to watch, but I had never managed to get any decent images before.

There were a number of these ducks loafing about on the shore and sitting on half submerged logs.  They were not so used to people that they would stay put, but they were not so nervous as to swim off. A cautious approach allowed me to get close enough to get plenty of shots.   As my colleagues were sitting on the grass, I had to cut the trip short.

Later on when they saw the pictures, one of them said "It looks like it as a pink highlighter pen mark on its head" - which is the kind of thing that they should put in guide books!


This duck goes by the scientific name of Malacorhynchus membranaceus - which "soft beak, membrane" - which is a decent description of the beak - large and broader at the tip, which is soft.  See, there is meaning in all this latin and greek sounding stuff!




The females are a little smaller than the males - but the difference is not great enough for you to tell the difference in the field - I assume you need a duck in the hand to do that!

Now its your turn.  Use the link below to join in WBW.  Remember - visit, comment and invite - the more the merrier.

Now a plea - PLEASE link to your actual post, not just your general blog address - it does save me a bit of time and PLEASE consider getting rid of word verification if you have it turned on, seeing half blurred images and microscopic numbers drains me of the will to live!

55 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

what a cool duck! soft, eraser beak and pink highlighter eyeshadow! :)

HansHB said...

A great way of celebrating WBW 40 with these wonderful photos of this cute duck!

Connie Smiley said...

What excellent shots, Stewart! I love the pink highlighter.

Ken Schneider said...

Aptly named, although the pink is a bit forward of the ears, I assume. At least the pink is there, unlike our Ring-necked Ducks and Red-bellied Woodpeckers which require a close look with a magnifying glass to verify the presence of their namesake markings!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow, I am so impressed with your images of this (new to me) duck! Loving the zebra looking stripes and that pink eye mark is awesome!

Fjällripan said...

Wow, they are really beautiful!!

I havent joined WBW for a long time, but here I am again :))

ps If you want to see my WBW post you have to schroll a little bit, because it is a post from yesterday :)ds

Andrea said...

Awesomely handsome (or pretty which ever the case may be :) ducks. Yet another duck unknown to me. There is a different duck in the background of the first picture ... what are they? You are so fun ... I am either learning a whole lot of new stuff from you or I am finding out how little I really know ... which ever, I am loving it! Great 40th post, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Karen said...

Oh I love that little spot of pink, it goes so well with the black and white stripes! Great shots Stewart.

Mama Zen said...

How cool! I've never seen one of those!

CabinGirl said...

What a cool looking duck, Stewart. Your photos are so crisp - love seeing all the detail.

And two thumbs up on getting rid of word verifications! ;-)

Nigel Monckton said...

How did i miss those while I was there?

Andrew said...

Lovely little ducks to see Stewart

Findlay Wilde said...

They really make you look twice at them, so much detail on them. From Findlay

FOREST SNAPPER said...

They look as if they are off to a party with that splash of colour, lovely shots Stewart.


peter

Carletta said...

Quite fetching with that little pink highlight. Wonder if the male gets ribbed about his eye makeup? :)
I like the pattern of the feathers too. They make a nice reflection in the water.
Lovely captures Stewart!

Gordon said...

What an unusual duck Stewart, beautiful marking, and it looks to have a bill very much like out Shoveler.
All the best Gordon.

Gordon said...

What an unusual duck Stewart, beautiful marking, and it looks to have a bill very much like out Shoveler.
All the best Gordon.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That pink highlight is just perfect. What pretty ducks!

Richard Pegler said...

What an amazing duck that is! It's unlike anything I've seen before. Beautifully photos Stewart - well done mate!!

mick said...

Great photos of the ducks and very nice to get close-enough for such detailed photos.

She Who Carries Camera said...

they DO look like pink highlighter marks!

Carole M. said...

great opportunity to pickup some quick snapshots of these beautiful ducks; lucky find for you Stewart. I've not seen them before ...looks like they had a great little spot

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Okay, now I REALLY AM jealous. I want these in America?!!! :::wondering how we can import them here:::

DIMI said...

Wonderful pictures Stewart!Exellent shots!!They are so beautiful!Have a lovely day!
Dimi..

eileeninmd said...

Hi Stewart! I love these ducks, they are pretty. Awesome photos! Thanks for hosting WBW!

Amanda said...

nice pics - you obviously got close enough to see the pink highlighter, usually I'm like 'what pink ear' because they are so far away you can't see it!

don't you hate those pesky non-birders...

i stora drag said...

That was also a duck I never seen before! They were really nice!
I also have, for me, a new sort of duck today!
Greetings Pia

Neil said...

Looks like I will have to go and see if I can find some ducks around here, beautiful photos.

Magnolia Tea said...

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing this linkup!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Strange that the female is so similar to the male, almost exactly the same. They are so pretty and I never would have seen one if you did not blog it...wish I could add them to my list! (I feel the same about word verification, drains the life out of my eyes!)

thewovenspoke said...

That is one neat looking duck, I haven't seen any even in books on birds. Great photos.

Rohrerbot said...

Okay....I followed directions today:) That duck is a beauty. Wonderful shots!!

Jen said...

They are beautiful. I don't think I've seen any ducks where the male and female look so much alike.

Arija said...

Oh, such a pun post. Great looking ducks they really are outstanding in the detail of their markings. I like the marker pen comment, it is so much easier to identify birds by one specific, outstanding feature.

harrispen said...

What a beautiful bird. I love the pink highlighter.

Cindy

grammie g said...

HI Stewart...It is a pretty duck, all decked put in stripes, but if I had to ID it from to far away I think I'd miss the pink dot : ))!
Grace

Rebecca said...

Gotta love the pink! Thanks for hosting!

Small City Scenes said...

What a wild and wacky duck. I love the pink ear. Great shots. MB

Fun60 said...

Ducks with ears! LOve the pink on the side it is quite a bright pink easily noticeable on your photo. PS IT must be really spooky to see that you and your brother are so tuned in to the same things. I take it you are not twins.

Sleepshort said...

Great photos, accompanied by a most engaging narrative. It's always a delight to visit here.

Kerri said...

WOW - that's one of the prettiest ducks I've ever seen! A True Beauty!!
Your captures are awesome!!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Stewart,

Wow, what excellent photos of the pink-eared duck. I have never seen one before. You are always in the right place at the right time :-)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow Stewart the Pink-eared Duck are so beautiful!!

Stuart Price said...

Great looking duck I remember seeing them in FNQ many years ago..........

Sharon Wagner said...

I learned about so many new birds since paying attention to this hop! A pink eared duck. Who knew?

Esther Joy said...

What an interesting duck!

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of a pretty duck!

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Stewart.
I have added me to the Wild Bird Wednesday.
I do not know if I've done well, I come from the Netherlands, and my english is not so good.
Greetings Irma

Gillian Olson said...

Interesting looking bird, does look very like someone has taken a pink highlighter to them; beautiful eyes and very large beak too.

dancingaspensfarm said...

Love those pink ears and that exotic looking feathering! Great shots!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

What a lovely captures Stewart...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What sweet looking beauties. i do not ever remember seeing images of them before, so this was great to see. Love those pink ear marks!

Phil said...

A strange looking duck there Stewart but good pictures of them. Thanks for hosting again. No WV on my blog.

Wally Jones said...

Great photographs, Stewart!
Another new bird for me. Quite an interesting design.

NatureFootstep said...

a bird I have enver seen pics of before. Looks gorgeous with that beak and the pink dot. Interesting post!