White-faced Duck… White-faced Whistling Duck…

The White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) is a whistling duck which breeds in sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.

This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites, the flocks of a thousand or more birds arriving at dawn are an impressive sight. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear three-note whistling call.

This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the under parts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.

It nests on a stick platform near the ground, and lays 8-12 eggs. Trees are occasionally used for nesting.

I was very privileged to capture on film (memory stick) a mother with her young, unfortunately within days all the young had disappeared, how who knows….

(Credit for the above goes to Wikipedia) I knew it all but I thought they needed the business……

These photos were taken on the ponds of Southbroom Golf Course…

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30 thoughts on “White-faced Duck… White-faced Whistling Duck…

  1. I somehow read your posts in backwards order today — but WOW-WEEE the babies!! So so so cute – and such amazing pictures you take! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen more exciting animal shots than yours — honest!!! I have some family of deer I’ve taken around here – and some duckies too – but never want to use them because they really look like I’m in kindergarten as compared to these (post-doctoral level) photos. I Love your work bulldog— you are an artist!! Much Love~ R

    • Robyn you are too kind… of the many photos I take an awful lot can’t and won’t make it onto the blog… but I’m just lucky that some come out looking not too bad… but thank you for the comment… don’t know how I’m gonna get my hat on today with all this praise…

  2. They are lovely! When you leave home do you always have your camera with you? Hope you don’t lurk in the bushes when you go snap click snap (got to love the paparazzi) – for some or reason some people get the wrong idea if you do! dirty minded so and so’s.

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