American Wigeons in Salt Lake County – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I don’t often have opportunities to photograph American Wigeons so when a pair swam up close to me last week I focused on them to take photos. The hen was in the lead when I took this image and the drake was trailing behind her. I’ve noticed this pair of birds at my local pond for well over a week now but they have always been too far away to take high quality images of them until three days ago.
Pair of American Wigeons – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
One of the reasons I may have fewer opportunities with American Wigeons than other ducks because this species spends more time grazing on open wetlands than foraging in the water. Usually those open wetlands are further away from me than open water is when shooting from a mobile blind.
American Wigeon hen on a pond – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Female American Wigeons have grayish heads with white and dusky streaks, their breasts and flanks are reddish brown and their mantles are gray-brown. Their small bills are gray with a black tip.
American Wigeon drake on a sunny afternoon – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Male American Wigeons in breeding plumage have cream to white foreheads and crowns with a broad green patch starting behind the eyes extending to the nape, they have pinkish brown flanks, breasts and backs with a section of white in the flanks and black undertail coverts. Their bills are blue-gray with a black tip.
I wonder how long this pair of American Wigeons will hang around, I hope it is long enough for me to see more green iridescence on the drake’s head and long enough for me to take more images of them.
Life is good.