Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
These ducks can be identified as a female Blue-winged Teals by the white eye-arcs, dark eye line and and white at base of bill which forms a vague crescent with white on throat.
These are two Mottled Ducks. The duck on the left is "dabbling", that is, it's upending so that its bill can reach deeper. Dabbling ducks rarely dive. We can I.D. the duck on the right as a male Mottled Duck as follows:
- Bright yellow bill
- Black spot on gape
This duck can be identified as a female American Wigeon as follows:
- Blue bill with black tip
- Greyish head with brownish crown
- Brownish chest and sides
The American Wigeon is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 249.
The first photo is of either a juvenile or adult female Red-breasted Merganser. The second photo shows two adult Red-breasted Mergansers. We identified these ducks as Red-breasted Mergansers as follows:
- Long and slender body. You can be see this in the second photo.
- Shagy hair. You can make this out if you look closely at the head in the first photo and the head of the duck on the right in the second photo.
- Long and thin orangish to reddish bill. You can see this in the first photo.
- Gray and black on top and white underneath.
The Red-breasted Merganser is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 250.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
The juvenile Wood Stork's neck and most of head are whitish/buff, rather than the all black of the adult.
This dove can be identified as a Eurasian Collared-Dove by the following:
- Dark ring on back of neck
- Dark primaries
The Eurasian Collared-Dove is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 248.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Scattered among the thousands of ducks on the flooded tomatoe field were some shorebirds. Here is a particular concentration of them among the ducks.
Among the many thousands of birds on this flooded tomatoe field, the Blue-winged Teal in the upper left stood out. The white crescent on this male's face is very obvious.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
This group of ibises are mostly White Ibises, with a couple of Glossy Ibises. Following the two group photos are a photo of White Ibis and then a Glossy Ibis.