Sunday, April 27, 2014


On 20 February 2014, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center hosted numerous waterfowl. In this photo, a White Ibis stands next to a Green-winged Teal. Two hen American Wigeon preen with a Blue-winged Teal between them. Three Redheads swim in the right foreground.

The White Ibis seldom ventures out of the Deep South. I will write more on this species in a subsequent post. The ducks, however, will migrate north and likely breed in the prairie pothole region of the upper Midwest and the Canadian provinces. Only with aggressive management are their numbers maintained in the face of wetland draining, tiling, and destruction.

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