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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Black-headed Duck [Heteronetta atricapilla]

The Black-headed Duck is a small, teal-sized duck found in temperate South America. This species is unique among ducks in that it is an obligate brood parasite. In its interactions with its host species, Black-headed Ducks procure the services of incubation from the host; as a precocial species, parental care provided newly-hatched ducklings is minimal since Black-headed Duck young soon leave host broods.
Photographed in Slimbridge WWT


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38 comments:

  1. Hola Bob,bella imagen de este desconocido y pequeño pato.Un abrazo

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  2. No parece muy grande ahí escondido y vigilante entre la hierba.
    Un abrazo,

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  3. I have never seen this bird.Great photo!

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    1. If you are going to South America you might see it, or in a captive position.

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  4. He appears to be annoyed at being awakened.... Neat shot.

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  5. Playing hide and seek with you Bob.

    peter

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  6. Some nice info on the bird and a nice capture too Bob.

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  7. A cuckoo duck? I didn't know there was such a thing,
    A lovely bird too. Thanks Bob.

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  8. Sorry, that these cute ducks is so little. Regards.

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  9. even hidden in hight grasses, you find them !
    beautiful image Bob

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  10. Bob, a beautiful duck! Must be smart, lets someone else bring up the kids!

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  11. Great shot Bob!
    Happy day Crissi

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  12. Thank you for this information, Professor Bob. Gotta do a little more research now!

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  13. That is cute. :) Great shot!

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  14. Cute duck peeking at you over its back, Bob. I like the black head and black eye. I'm trying to wrap my head around the cuckoo duck, do the adults find each other and flock together? Do the chicks find their mothers after they leave the host mother's care so young? It would be fun to observe them.

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    1. I don't know, I shall try and work it out Hannah.

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  15. Very interesting and beautiful.

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  16. Estaba intentando camuflarse, pero tu le viste y le hiciste una bonita foto.

    Saludos.

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  17. Trickster!
    It is like a cuckoo ...
    Beautiful feathers!
    Big hug, Bob

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  18. Hello Bob!:) Such a pretty duck.:)

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  19. comme s'il couvait sur cette herbe

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  20. Beautiful photo of the duck Bob.
    Enjoy your weekend, greetings Tinie

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  21. Hello Bob,
    Nice picture of this duck captured perfectly sharp, my compliments.
    Best regards, Irma

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  22. Hello Bob, this is a new duck to me! It is a beauty! Great shot! I am sorry I am so late commenting, I've been away. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Have a happy weekend!

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  23. Very pretty duck!!!
    And I must add that I really LOVE your header image.

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