Waterfowl

Waterfowl Photographed in Wetland Habitats

This photo album comprises image galleries from two of the three bird families placed in Order Anseriformes1.

The first two galleries feature portraits of ducks from subfamily Anatinae2. The third galley displays subfamily Anserinae (Geese and Swans), subfamily Dendrocygninae (whistling-ducks) and family Anseranatidae (magpie goose) which has only one species.

Dabbling Ducks

Dabbling Ducks Notes

The ‘red list 2019’ of threatened species lists all the featured species as ‘Least Concern’. Dabbling ducks belong to tribe Anatini in subfamily Anatinae.

The mallard is probably the most familiar and wide-ranging duck in the world with distribution in most of the Northern hemisphere and introduced in some Southern hemisphere locations. I’ve photographed them in my local patch (Hants/Berks border) and in several wetlands in New Zealand where they hybridize with the local Pacific black duck/grey duck.

Images of two Australian endemics: the chestnut teal and maned duck; together with a white-cheeked pintail, a Galapagos sub-species endemic, feature in the gallery.

Most dabbling ducks (Anatini) exhibit sexual plumage dimorphism and breeding plumage variation.

Diving Ducks, Perching Ducks and Shelducks

Diving Ducks, Perching Ducks and Shelducks Notes

Apart from the Common Pochard, which is ‘red list 2019’ as ‘Vulnerable’ all other featured species are ‘Least Concern’. Displayed in the gallery are images of ducks belonging to tribes Aythyini (diving ducks), Cairinini (perching ducks) and Tadornini (shelducks), placed in subfamily Anatidae.

Images of two New Zealand endemic species feature in the gallery: New Zealand Scaup and Paradise Shelduck.

As with dabbling ducks many of the Anatidae species in the gallery exhibit sexual plumage dimorphism and breeding plumage variation.

Geese, Swans, Whistling-ducks and Magpie Goose

Geese, Swans, Whistling-ducks and Magpie Goose Notes

The ‘red list 2019’ of threatened species lists all the featured species as ‘Least Concern’. Displayed in the gallery are images from tribe Anserini (geese and swans) placed in subfamily Anserinae3 together with images from subfamily Dendrocygninae (whistling-ducks) and subfamily Anseranatidae (Magpie Goose).

Two Canada goose images feature the nominate species photographed in England and probably ssp maxima in New Zealand, both introduced with well-established populations.

Cape Barren geese are Australian endemics where I photographed them and introduced in New Zealand.

I photographed the Egyptian goose, an introduced species in England.

The black swan is an Australian species with a well-established introduced population in New Zealand. I’ve photographed them in both countries. Also introduced in ornamental wildfowl collections around the world.

Mute swans have a wide distribution in Europe and Asia with feral populations in many areas including North America, Australia and New Zealand. I photographed the images of a juvenile, immature and adult locally at Moor Green Lakes in Berkshire. Mute swans are usually white at maturity, but head and neck feathers are often stained orange brown by iron and tannins in the water.

The plumed whistling-duck is an Australian endemic and the wandering whistling-duck an Australian subspecies endemic.

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1 Order Anseriformes comprises three families: Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatinae) with over 160 species, Magpie Goose (Anseranatidae) with just one species and Screamers (Anhimidae) with three species.
2 The duck subfamily (Anatinae) splits into four tribes: Dabbling ducks (Anatini); Diving ducks (Aythyini); Perching ducks (Cairinini) and Shelducks (Tadornini).
3 There are four tribes in the geese and swan subfamily Anserinae: Geese, Swans (Anserini), Musk Duck (Biziurini), Stiff-tailed Ducks (Oxyurini) and Pygmy-Geese (Nettapodini).