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  Spur-winged Goose

 

Plectropterus gambensis

(116) 98 cm; M 5,1 kg, F 3,5 kg

Largest goose-like duck in region. Could be confused with much smaller Comb Duck in flight but white on forewing and underwing conspicuous.

SEXES  M > F

M  Red facial skin more prom­inent and extends beyond eye.

F  Similar to if but duller and facial skin less extensive.

JUV  Browner than ad and without red facial skin.

STATUS  Common resident forming large flocks in non-br season.

HABITAT  Large inland waters, dams, floodplains and adjacent cultivated lands.

FOOD  Mainly plant material, especially grass shoots, aquatic plants, and seeds.

CALL  Weak, high-pitched cherwit, mostly in flight.

BR  Monogamous; usually nests in dense cover near water.

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Santawani

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Santawani

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Hyena Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

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