The Wandering Whistling-Duck is a large duck with rich red-brown plumage overall, with a paler face, front of neck and upper breast. There is a dark stripe on the crown of head, nape and back of neck. The bill and legs are dark. There are elongated flank plumes, which are off-white with chestnut edges. In flight, the dark underwings, cinnamon and chestnut underbody, white undertail and trailing dark legs are seen. This species is also known as the Whistling Tree-Duck, Water Whistling-Duck and the Red Whistler.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • Denzil
    Denzilover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love their sooty little heads and their intelligent-looking eyes:)

  • Thanks Denzil, they are particularly attractive ducks!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    I’ve never seen these guys but I’d like to. A terrific shot Deb.

  • Thanks Al, I have no idea why they let me get so close, usually they’re very, very shy!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Great shot Deb!!

  • Many thanks Marvin!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Great shot !
    I love their whistle call and the way they appear out of the undergrowth !

  • Thanks Trish, yes they lovely that nice, lush undergrowth!

    – byronbackyard

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