Falkland Steamer-Duck

Tachyeres brachypterus

ML36421951


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Sharon Kennedy
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eBird Checklist S21087057
Sea Lion Island
Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
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Latitude and Longitude -52.4291, -59.0922 Map

Age
Adult
Sex
Female
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

on Long Pond

Observation details

On my previous visits to Long Pond, the steamer-ducks were far out on the pond. Today the group of 6 swam close to the edge of the pond, and the adult female was out of the water briefly. According to Jaramillo's Birds of Chile, the Flying Steamer-Duck is the only steamer-duck on fresh water. I am including photos that show the long upcurled tail of both the adult male and adult female in the water. The wings appear to be long. Like the Falkland Steamer-Duck, which we have seen many times along the coast, the male's bill was orange. But unlike the female Falkland Steamer-Duck, which has a dark greenish-yellow bill, the female's bill was orange at the base and bluish-green below the nostril. I was fortunate enough to see the female out of the water for a short time.

Technical Information

Model
DMC-FZ200
f-stop
f/4.0
Focal length
108 mm
Shutter speed
1/800 sec
ISO
100
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
217KB
Dimensions
1200 x 900

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