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The Falkland Steamer Duck, Tachyeres brachypterus, is a steamer duck native to the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only two bird species to be endemic to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas in Spanish), the other being Cobb's Wren.
The Falkland Steamer Duck's wings are very short (hence the scientific name: brachy = "short", and pteron = "wing"), and it is incapable of flight. The plumage of the Falkland Steamer Duck is mostly dark grey, but with a white stripe behind the eye. It is very difficult to distinguish from the Flying Steamer Duck in the field since they occupy the same habitat and, although the Flying Steamer Duck can fly, it rarely does. Wikipedia.

Another species from my trip to Sealion Island, also know as the Magellanic Steamer Duck.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Sep 2011 - 3:54 PM
Focal Length:71.7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.298776
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Steamer Duck
Username:EyesFront EyesFront
Uploaded:6 Nov 2012 - 10:46 PM
Tags:Birds, Duck, Falkland islands, Falkland Steamer Duck, Photo journalism, Sealion Island, Seascape, Steamer Duck, Tachyeres brachypterus, Travel, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus  3 South Africa
7 Nov 2012 - 4:20 AM

Great photo of a beautiful bird that I have never seen before Smile Good info too - thanx ! Superb capture Smile

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