Eurasian wigeon or more casually wigeon (haapana, bläsand) adults with ducklings are so cute dabbling ducks.
I met wigeons first time this summer while visiting in Porla, Lohja. The male is handsome on his breeding plumage and has a loud characteristic whiplash-like whistling call vii-u(rr). As usually in the bird wold the female in less colorful and does not whistle 😊, though she is very graceful, small duck.
OMG how cute little wigeon ducklings are. I published earlier a post Eurasian Wigeon (Haapana) chicks stretching in which you can see photos of wigeon babies stretching their legs. Some of my readers thought they were having yoga time, some called it wigeon ballet 😁.
These beauties are from the same brood as the ones in my stretching post.
The brood I saw in Porla had 10 ducklings. Usually wigeon female lay 7-9 eggs in April-May and she incubates for 22-23 days.
It seems to be that quite many ducklings are killed when they are small. Within two days (21-23.6.) two were missing, beginning of August I saw five juveniles.
It is difficult to say is this a female or male as it still looks like female wigeon. Young wigeons become independent in 40 to 45 days, when they reach the fledgling stage. They are ready to mate when they are 1-2 years old.
Eurasian wigeons (Anas penelope) breed from Iceland across northern Europe and Asia. Although most populations migrate and can be found from the British Isles to northern Africa and India in the winter, and a few even migrate to the United States and Canada.
Hopefully you find my wigeon post interesting and you liked my wigeon photos!
Minna from Finnish nature 😊