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Falkland Steamer-Duck

Tachyeres brachypterus

ML201991431

IBC1577660

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Robert Humphries
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Carcass Island
Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
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Latitude and Longitude -51.2941, -60.5388 Map

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A male Falklands Steamerduck preening on a sandy beach. The Falklands Steamerduck (Tachyeres brachypterus) locally known as a “Logger” is a goose-sized, flightless carnivorous marine duck endemic to the Falkland Islands. Steamerducks mainly eat shellfish – similar to Eiders in the Northern hemisphere. When agitated, Steamerducks ‘steam’ – thrashing their stubby wings on the water – reminiscent of old-time paddle steamers. This male Falklands Steamerduck was preening on the beach near Carcass Island Lodge, with a Tussacbird (or Blackish Cinclodes, Cinclodes antarcticus antarcticus) darting around it. Elevation: 174 m. Date added to IBC: April 14, 2019.

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