Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 249 - Spot-Billed Duck

Just a brief post this week - life getting in the way of blogging!

These are Spot-Billed Ducks (Anas poecilorhyncha) from Sultanpur National Park, which is the same location as the owls from the last two weeks, and the source of most of my Indian bird pictures.

These ducks are in the same genus as the Mallard and are found in three distinct populations -  an Indian population, a Chinese population and a third in Burma.  These may or may not be three different species, or three sub-species of the same one, depending on which expert you ask.

All I know is that these ducks were in India and that they look rather splendid.  Once again, it was a bit like photographing through a fog and these images are not as crisp as I would like.  Oh well.



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22 comments:

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, I had to scroll up again to see where you'd photographed these Spot-billed Duck. Amazing features and very pretty ducks. I've been rather absent these past weeks and need to check back at your previous posts about the owls (I love owls!) Thanks for hosting this meme. I'll link up my post tomorrow (Wednesday) Greetings Jo

Sharon Wagner said...

Ducks come in so many beautiful varieties. Nice.

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful ones but a bit weird looking with the yellow spot on the beak :)

Les Fous du Cap said...

Ces canards sont magnifiques ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Gordon said...

Hi Stewart, I don't think I've ever seen a duck with so few colours look so smart.
All the best, Gordon.

Connie Smiley said...

They're beautiful, Stewart!

Andrea Priebe said...

They are stunning birds and quite clear as far as I can see ... Maybe your glasses are fogged :) Or maybe I have just become used to my own not so clear pictures. You seem to have found many birds in India. I have followed blogs of people from India and they mostly post pictures of the egrets and it would seem that you didn't see any of them. Guess you must know the right places to go for owls and unique birds. Sorry your kids didn't get to see the owls ... don't you have any Australian owls that you could show to your growing children. They would love it if they are anything like American children :) Be well, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

David said...

I thought the photos were fine! However did you SPOT them...ha!...couldn't resist...

mick said...

Great photos of the ducks - interesting birds.

Anu said...

They are beautiful ducks. Photos are gorgeous.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely shots

(when did I start using the word, lovely?)

photodoug said...

Stewart, what an interesting duck. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Kircus said...

I'm posting way worse pictures today. Your ducks look fine on the small screen I see them on. The look like close relatives of the mallard/black duck group.

June Caedmon said...

They are striking, Stewart! I love the orange and yellow on their beaks! Have a great week!

Liz said...

Great looking ducks, Stewart!

Missy George said...

Very pretty Ducks!! Love their coloring..

Jenn Jilks said...

I like that, life getting in the way of blogging!

Linda said...

Sweet ducks!

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Very cute and beautiful ducks...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Handsome fellows indeed -- The post I'm now working on is from a place much like the one you show here -- so hard to get good pictures. The weeds and plants that make it fabulous habitat for the birds also make for difficult shooting.

I don't know how you have time to do all you do. I know I've told you before but .... you would be appreciated if you did this blog and meme even if you were old and retired and had nothing else to do. But doubly so because you are not. Thank you.

ANITA said...

Ohh they are beautiful ducks!I love ducks all of them.Here in Norway they now has open for hunting them..and breed up Mallard ducks only for the purpose to hunt..I think its a bad idea....When they explode in to nature(Ducks are great in reproducing themselves)I wonder wht will happen..Nice to read what you are doing and look at the wonderful birds where you live:)

Anita

Pat Tillett said...

I have to disagree with you. These photos are stellar!
Really nice looking ducks (also their reflections).