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American Wigeon (Anas americana) , female

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 27 November 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Cape May, New Jersey

The American Wigeon breeds in northwestern Canada and winters on inland lakes of the west, southwest, and along the eastern coastlines of the US. It migrates through the midwest, but I first saw this species in early spring 2013 in Arizona. "Female Description...Head appears grayish overall, with finely-blended white and dusky streaks. Breast and flanks are pale reddish-brown; mantle is grayish-brown with some buff barring. Bill is small and grayish, with a black tip." This dabbling duck (subfamily Anatinae) was swimming in the big pond at Cape May Point State Park .

Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/1250 second F/6.3 ISO 400 600 mm

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A very precise little portrait - reminds me of those 'bird identifier' images that never quite match what I think I saw !

27 Nov 2014 6:28am

Focales from Entre Bretagne et montagnes, France

What beautiful duck ! I don't know. Lovely light on its plumage

27 Nov 2014 10:27am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

What a beautiful "duck."

27 Nov 2014 12:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Gorgeous - love the surrounding blue also. Happy Thanksgiving

27 Nov 2014 2:48pm

tataze from France

quelle jolie tête il a

27 Nov 2014 3:38pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is magnificent, Julie! I LOVE his head :-) Happy thanksgiving!

27 Nov 2014 3:54pm

jean pierre from paris, France

jolie photo!!! amitiés

27 Nov 2014 6:00pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

ery nice - but they look different than our wigeon.

27 Nov 2014 8:58pm

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