Lesser Whistling-duck foraging and flying

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“Went to one of my old site to watch and found the pool almost destroyed (dried up intentionally). One of the farmers, who got to know me from my visits, said that the ‘wild ducks’ had moved to another pond nearby, so decided to visit.

“Saw a flock of 10 Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica) (previously in excess of 20). Most were foraging and bathing/preening.

“…above (left) shows a pair, the one on the left bathing and the one on the right foraging with beak in the water and eyes below surface. The video shows the foraging technique. Typical shaking of head/disturbing the shallow water with the beak to stir up debris.

“…above (right) and below show the ducks… in flight. They are shades of brown until the wings open out when you see this rich rufous chestnut on rump and lesser coverts.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Chemor, Perak, Malaysia
Ex-mining Pools with vegetable & fish farming
12th February 2011

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