What is this waterfowl? (Wayward traveler!)

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by jenjscott, May 2, 2011.

  1. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Seems to be some kind of goose, maybe? It has been hanging around grazing in the pastures with our goats and sheep.

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  2. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dunno but it sure looks neat...great...now I want one
     
  3. petchickenlover

    petchickenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea..But i want one!

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  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Whoa! That, I think it is pretty likely from bird books but I've never seen one in person, is the black-bellied whistling duck (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-bellied_Whistling_Duck ) but that would make it an *considerable* straggler beyond its range. It just looks SO much like it to me (again, from books not from real life experience) and doesn't look much like ANYthing else.

    If you happen to know the local birding club or a local "serious birder" you might email them the photo, they might be interested in seeing the critter if it's still hanging around!!

    Pat
     
  5. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a Black Bellied Whistling Duck. We have them locally. Really pretty ducks. [​IMG]
     
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Thanks, Bb and Pat, Have been looking for this, saw some pics of the tree ducks and thought it looked similar, but they didn't have any pics of the black bellied variety. Now that I know the name, I found several pics. I have been a bird watcher for a long time and have never seen one of these. They must not be too common around here. He certainly doesn't seem too concerned about us.
     
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  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    They're only "supposed" to be in TX and the extreme coastline of the gulf coast -- yours definitely made a wrong turn somewhere LOL

    Handsome bird, thanks for posting the pic!

    Pat
     
  8. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Do you suppose all these storms, high winds, and tornadoes could have brought him here?
     
  9. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

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    Like others said, it's a Black-bellied Whistling Duck. They are an exotic duck species. [​IMG]
     

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