Feb 102016
 
Shooting lobby calls for five-year moratorium on duck hunting rules

The shooting lobby has called for a five-year moratorium on new duck hunting restrictions in Victoria, saying it would allow regulators to study the impact of hunting on duck and other waterfowl populations. The RSPCA has described the suggestion as “unbelievable” given the wealth of data, collected by the University of NSW annual aerial bird […]

Feb 152015
 
Sirirí pampa (White-faced whistling-Duck) Dendrocygna viduata

No fueron muchas las ocasiones en las que pudimos fotografiar patos al costado del camino de acceso al Club Refugio Ombú en la Provincia de Corrientes; durante las últimas veces que fuimos a la casa de Luis debido a las lluvias que tuvieron lugar en los últimos meses del año pasado algunos charcos aumentaron bastante […]

Oct 242013
 
Shooting ducks is not the way to conserve our coastlines

The threat facing the Dwyfor estuary at Llanystumdwy (Jim Perrin, Country diary, 12 October) is just one example of the assault on British foreshores by the wildfowl lobby. Last year alone wildfowling clubs gained shooting rights over 30,000 acres of UK foreshore, according to the BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation), and a staggering […]

Jul 122013
 
The Duck Stamp Brings in a Lot of Money

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), in their 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation report, there are approximately 13.7 million hunters in the United States and nearly 71.8 million wildlife watchers. Of those 13.7 million hunters, only 2.6 million hunt migratory birds and only about 1.3 million hunt waterfowl. […]

Mar 242013
 
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

One of the prettiest ducks that winter in the Massachusetts area is the King Eider. Over the last few years, I’ve been looking for the King Eider, in order to obtain some decent photographs of this beautiful bird. A few years ago, on a birding festival on Cape Ann, I saw the bird and obtained […]

Jan 182013
 
Leucistic Mallard - Anas platyrhychos

At one of the locations that I photograph at, there mute swans and mallards present along with other species of ducks and geese. I discovered what appears to be a partially leucistic mallard on the pond. What what became interesting, is that the mute swans started chasing this mallard, although they do not chase any […]

Jan 142013
 
  Hooded Merganser - Lophdytes cucullatus

What I love about winter in New England is that the pond start to freeze up and it concentrates the ducks and other birds into smaller areas that have open water. At a local pond in Plymouth Massachusetts, it becomes much easier to photograph and observe hooded mergansers. I was able to observe and photograph […]

Jan 042013
 
A Winter’s Morning At Zoar Wetland, Ohio

The past few nights here in the southern portion of Northeast Ohio have been in the teens, so I’ve been thinking about the “odd couple” at Zoar Wetland. This past autumn, a goose and brown duck (no one seems to know the proper name, although it does resemble a Mallard), took up residence at the […]