Eurasian Wigeon (Haapana) chicks stretching

Eurasian Wigeon chicks started to stretch their legs while I was photographing them yesterday. They are so small and so cute ๐Ÿ˜Šand the leg stretching made me lough. Hopefully these photos cheer up your day as well!

Eurasian Wigeon chicks Haapanan poikaset Lohja Finland 2020
Ready, steady, go
Eurasian Wigeon chicks stretching legs, Haapanan poikaset Lohja Finland 2020
Are you ready!
Eurasian Wigeon chicks stretching legs, Haapanan poikaset Lohja Finland 2020 copyright Minna Jacobson
Like a ballerina
Eurasian Wigeon chicks stretching legs, Haapanan poikaset Lohja Finland 2020 copyright Minna Jacobson
Luckily there is some support
Eurasian Wigeon chicks ready for a sleep, Lohja Finland copyright Minna Jacobson
Oh, it was so hard, let’s sleep again

Some facts of Eurasian Wigeon

The Eurasian wigeon, also known as widgeon (Mareca penelope) is one of three species of wigeon in the dabbling duck genus Mareca. It is common and widespread within its Palearcticrange.

The Eurasian wigeon is a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes with some taller vegetation, and usually feeds by dabbling for plant food or grazing, which it does very readily.

It nests on the ground, near water and under cover. It is highly gregarious outside of the breeding season and will form large flocks. They will join with flocks of the American wigeon in the United States, and they also hybridize with them. This is a noisy species. The male has a clear whistle that sounds like: “pjiew pjiew”, whereas the female has a low growl : “rawr”.

The Eurasian wigeon is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. Its conservation status is Least Concern. (Wikipedia)

10 replies to “Eurasian Wigeon (Haapana) chicks stretching

    1. Thank you Donna! Yes they were having some yoga time ๐Ÿ˜
      Nice story of Wigeots in your blog. And you have Eurasian wigeon among the Americans! Wigeons are so beautiful birds ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a great day ๐Ÿ˜

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