American Wigeon
Anas americana

f5.6 @ 1/3200s, ISO:1250, Nikon D300 w 500mm and 1.4x tele-converter


"American Wigeon," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.The American Wigeon, also American Widgeon or Baldpate, (Anas americana) is a species of dabbling duck found in North America. This species is classified with the other wigeons in the dabbling duck genus Anas, which may be split, in which case wigeons could go into their old genus Mareca again. It is the New World counterpart of the Eurasian Wigeon.The American Wigeon is a medium-sized bird; it is larger than a teal, but smaller than a pintail. In silhouette, the wigeon can be distinguished from other dabblers by its round head, short neck, and small bill.It is 4259 cm (1723 in) long, with a 7691 cm (3036 in) wingspan and a weight of 5121,330 g (1.132.9 lb).This wigeon has two adult molts per year and a juvenile molt in the first year, as well. The breeding male (drake) is a striking bird with a mask of green feathers around its eyes and a cream colored cap running from the crown of its head to its bill. This white patch gives the wigeon its other common name, baldpate (pate is another word for head). Their belly is also white.In flight, drakes can be identified by the large white shoulder patch on each wing. These white patches flash as the birds bank and turn. In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the female.
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
 
06/26/2012