Female-type Eurasian Wigeon, Westmoreland Park, Portland, OR (01/09/10)

I briefly stopped by Westmoreland Park in Portland this afternoon and found this female-type Eurasian Wigeon. I only stayed for a few minutes, so the following images are all I got (and there are no wing pictures):

The head is richly brown, darker than the breast and flanks. This brown head is in stark contrast to the American females around it. This shot shows the steep forehead (compared to a more gentle stop for American) and the bill is not showing the black outline around the base (which Americans always show).

The following 2 hots, albeit being pretty bad, show the contrast and the coloration of the bird in comparison with the Americans.

The following article helps to id the female-type Eurasian Wigeon in the field: http://www.apw.aba.org/birding/v37n2p156.pdf.

Another shot from 02/13:


Author: birdmeister

Obsessed with birding, I started taking a pictures in '01 after a brief personalized intro by the incomparable David LaPuma. In July '09, I acquired a Canon EOS 50D with a 100-400mm IS lens to be able to shoot the fast-moving lbjs that were so difficult before. In Dec '14, I upgraded my body to a Canon 7D Mark II and immediately noticed a big improvement. Nevertheless, I'm first and foremost a birder, then a photographer. Please note that all pictures on this site were taken by birdmeister (the owner of this site) except for where otherwise mentioned. All pictures on this site are copyrighted.

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