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Bufflehead-First film call fly swim wood mallard UI Geese
Beautiful Birds - Video shows some of the world's most beautiful birds: wild wood, bufflehead, mallard, and unidentified ducks, & Canada Geese. Also a night hawk and possible loon. Photographed on our farm ponds. Females and males are shown.
This may be the first video to show the bufflehead call. It also shows the bufflehead ducks both taking off and calling. Unlike all other diving ducks, the bufflehead can take flight from water without having to run along the surface.
The video shows a group of buffleheaded ducks approaching a mallard. The mallard was much larger and the buffleheaded ducks were quite cautious. However, one male was quite curious. Shows another group of buffleheads on the same pond at a different time. Here they were used to both mallards and geese and not bothered by them.
Video also shows both buffleheads and wood ducks taking off and in flight. It also records their sounds. Neither species quacks. The buffleheads emit a high pitched sound.
The Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) is a sea duck related to the goldeneye. They rival the Green-winged Teal as the smallest of the American ducks.
They are beautiful ducks with striking colors. Males have a dark head with a white cap behind the eye and a white body with a black back. They have iridescent green feathers on the front of the face. Females have a brown head with a smaller white patch.
Their name comes from the words Buffalo and head and refers to the bulbous head. The male may puff out the feathers on his head, which increases its apparent size.
They are migratory diving ducks, which forage underwater. They use both fresh and salt water.
The wood ducks are also called "woodies," are very wary and difficult to film. They also have been in serious decline.
Wood ducks (Aix sponsa ) are/or are one of the most beautiful of all North American birds. Wood ducks are shown swimming, perching, and flying. They have more of a whistle than a quack.
Male wood ducks have a rainbow of colors, including a handsome, crested head. The adult male has multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes. Both female and male have crested heads. Females are brownish, which conceals them as they tend to their flightless ducklings.
Unlike most ducks, wood ducks perch in the trees. They also nest in hollow tree cavities. When the young leave the nest, they may have to drop 20-30 feet directly into the water.
Also shown are mallards, a Canada Geese, and some unidentified ducks. A nighthawk is shown in flight and possible loon is also shown. Wild Wood Ducks, swim, fly, perch, quack/whistle & nighthawk
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