I do not know this species. Any help would be great.
2 males seen from observation deck
4 f 4 m adult
2 male 4 female
M/f pair addult
1 male shoveler seen at VFW lake about 0830. First male I've seen there. Females may have been present if so I overlooked them.
Gadwalls are continuing to inhabit VFW Lake about at same numbers for last couple of weeks.
Waller Creek at Lady Bird Lake
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
26 December 2009
Not a clue where this bird came from but it spent the winter with some Wood Ducks on Lady Bird Lake here in Austin. Gorgeous bird and a strong flier. The gold color on the water is reflection from a nearby building with gold colored windows which added even more color to a colorful scene. I ended up with several hundred nice images of this bird over a few weeks period.
The species was once widespread in eastern Asia, but large-scale exports and the destruction of its forest habitat have reduced populations in eastern Russia and in China to below 1,000 pairs in each country; Japan, however, is thought to still hold some 5,000 pairs.
The Anatidae are the biological family of birds that includes ducks, geese and swans. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring on all the world's continents except Antarctica and on most of the world's islands and island groups. These are birds that are adapted through evolution for swimming, floating on the water surface, and in some cases diving in at least shallow water. (The Magpie Goose is no longer considered to be part of the Anatidae,...