Image: Richard Ditch, 2004 [larger view].
Date Time Original: 2004:12:11 10:29:27
Exposure Time: 1/319
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
Rick Wright, Managing Director of WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide, writes:
Starting at the rear of this handsome duck, we find a long, pointed tail and white-edged black tertials, all contrasting nicely with the white “fender” patch at the rear flank. This is a wigeon, and to our delight, the colorful plumage makes it a male.
It’s easy from there on: the dominant color of the body plumage is gray, contrasting with a pink breast and orange head — the exact opposite of the orange body and gray head of an American Wigeon, and the distinctive plumage pattern of a drake Eurasian Wigeon.
Some birders might be troubled by the green eye-patch, often considered a mark of hybrid origin in apparent Eurasian Wigeon, but many drakes known to be “pure” have green around the eye. To my eye, the bird in the photo shows no obvious signs of American Wigeon blood.
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