The Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao island.

Siargao Rice Field Ducks in Late August

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With some recent August rains the rice field ponds here on Siargao are again hosting a great number of Philippine and Wandering Whistling Ducks.

 

The Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao island.
A pair of Philippine ducks (Anas luzonica) in flight.

 

The wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) on Siargao island.
The Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) seen in flight on Siargao island.

Siargao wild ducks

 

Wild ducks on Siargao island
The moment just before these wild ducks sensed my presence and took off en masse.

 

The wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) and Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao island.
A mixed flock of Wandering Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata) and Philippine ducks taking off from a rice field pond.

 

The(Anas luzonica) on Siargao island.
I settled down to wait though and it wasn’t long before they started flying back and landing in the same pond.

 

The wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) and Philippine duck (Anas luzonica) on Siargao island.
Another mixed flock of Wandering Whistling Ducks and Philippine ducks seen flying over the Siargao rice fields.

If you missed it earlier we wrote a short primer on how to easily distinguish these two commonly seen ducks.


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