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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Falcated Duck

This individual is an Asian species that showed up at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge 70 miles north of Sacramento in California. An extremely rare occurrence, this is about the best Christmas gift the birders of North America could receive. A lifer for many.

A thank you to my daughter who is an avid birder. She told me about it showing up a couple weeks ago and encouraged me to make the drive to go see it.

This is linked to Springman's Pine River Review on

27 comments:

  1. WooHoo, you got it! Outrageous photos too!

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  2. too cool! really interesting looking!

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  3. Fantastic color in those heads!

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  4. What a Beauty! Lucky you to be there and get photos!

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  5. ohhh, that's what all the fuss is about. The celebrity seems to be taking all the fame in stride. Thanks for the photo, it is indeed an exotic looking feathered-fellow.

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  6. It's always nice to get a new bird and you have a great series of photos.

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  7. glad you got the tip-off! Amazing plumage!

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  8. Lovely duck and beautiful photos. Thanks to you daughter for giving the heads up. I wish you a very Happy New Year.

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  9. They are terrific, and I love your photos!

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  10. That's one beautiful looking duck.
    It would make my day too if I saw it.

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  11. Warning girl comment - ducks are just cute!

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  12. Hi John....A real great find thanks to your daughters convincing we all get to see this beauty !
    Thanks for sharing this rariety!!
    Grace

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  13. Beautiful bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  14. Beautiful birds to see John..
    I would love to have another birder in the family..

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  15. A lovely duck! You got some really good shots of it.

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  16. How exciting! I wish I lived closer!

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  17. Great captures! Really interesting colors and shape to the head.

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  18. Thank you daughter. Nice job documenting this rare sight too John. Congrats on this brilliant lifer, we're not likely to see this one again any time soon.
    Happy New Year!

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  19. Hi there - I can see why you would go a few miles to see this one - rare or not it’s a cracking bird.

    Also, really like the shot of Sinbad.

    Hope you have a good New Year.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  20. Such a cool opportunity! Glad you shared! Have enjoyed my year with you and wish you a merry and safe new year!

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  21. aww, sweet! you saw it and got photos - awesome! i have some friends in that area who are going CRAZY for this guy. Nice! Happy new year!

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  22. Sorry I missed these last week. They are quite spectacular!

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