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  White-backed Duck

 

 

Thalassornis leuconotus

(101) 43 cm; 660 g

SEXES  Similar. Small, large-headed duck that sits low in the water with humpback appearance. Conspicuous white patch at base of bill; white on back usually only visible when flying.

JUV  Duller than ad, white loral patch smaller and duller.

STATUS  Uncommon to locally com­mon resident, nomadic and usually in small groups.

HABITAT  Favours open well-vegetated water bodies.

FOOD  Mainly seeds, especially water-lily seeds.

CALL  Squeaky 2-note whistle tit-weet.

BR  Monogamous. Nests over water in emergent vegetation.

 

 

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Boteti River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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