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 Post subject: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
PostPosted: Mar 04 4:16 pm 
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This morning while doing some gull photography at Esquimalt Lagoon, I spotted a very probable hybrid Eurasian X American Wigeon. Bird was a mix of Gray and a soft pink, but the head had a clear eyestripe, Buffy forehead, and the main face colour was a rusty orange gold. Was also larger in size than the Americans feeding around him. I'll upload a picture as soon as I can.


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 Post subject: Re: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
PostPosted: Mar 04 9:08 pm 
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As promised, a photo. Seems to be a hybrid, judging by what I am seeing on the internet, but could be wrong..

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 Post subject: Re: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
PostPosted: Mar 05 3:17 am 
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It is indeed a hybrid as confirmed by Birdergirl and others. Here are 2 images taken about 2 weeks ago.
Imagemale Hybrid Wigeon by Cory, on Flickr
Imagemale Hybrid Wigeon by Cory, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
PostPosted: Mar 05 8:47 am 
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Ahhh okay thanks Cory!


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 Post subject: Re: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
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This beauty is so approachable! He's been there at least two years; last year it was great to see the trio of this hybrid, American, and Eurasian side by side right by shore. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
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Wow! Thanks for the information! I had never been to Esquimalt Lagoon, and it was great to see him with the Americans for comparison side by side. I imagine it would have been a great shot for all three!


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 Post subject: Re: Hybrid Wigeon at Esquimalt Lagoon
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If this is the hybrid, I took these at the lagoon on the 17th March 2015, so it is 2 years.

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