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It's a duck!

Posted by
: Helen : (Helen is photographing in Melbourne,, Australia) on 7 August 2015 in Animal & Insect.

** A challenge: Guess the bird **

Yesterday I posted a photo of a bird at the entry of a hole in the trunk in a tree. This is not uncommon, but this bird was a duck! It is an Australian Wood Duck and most likely nesting or foraging after insects and spiders living in the tree. It was not until this moment I realised that some ducks nested in trees!

Did you guess correctly?

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/400 second F/6.3 ISO 100 200 mm

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

freez DUCK*

7 Aug 2015 6:31am

@Dimitrios: We were all freezing D! It was 11 degrees with a southerly Antarctic breeze that day.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The only 'ducks' I regularly see in a tree are Egyptian Geese . . which are generically a duck but called a goose. How complicated it all gets ! Great timing here, btw.

7 Aug 2015 7:52am

@Ronnie 2¢: Spot on Ronnie, these Australian Wood Ducks are often mistaken for geese. They actually look more like geese, but ... I don't argue with ornithologists .... they are a little too passionate for me.

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

So do I get the prize you nailed that one. Helen

7 Aug 2015 9:13am

@Philnz: Yup! You nailed it Phil! You get the prize.

Devi from Chennai, India

wow!!Perfect timing !!! Looks beautiful..Thank you for sharing :)))))

7 Aug 2015 10:21am

@Devi: Thanks Devi

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Thanks for the ornithology lesson, Helen. Just great!

7 Aug 2015 10:44am

@~~~Ann~~~: Well ... all I can say is that we live and learn Ann.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bien vu

8 Aug 2015 5:37am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Great challenge! :)
very nice shot
with beautiful composition, timing & focus!

8 Aug 2015 10:13am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


8 Aug 2015 3:38pm