May 29, 2014

SUBJECT: Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Invade Yorkville, IL


Black-Bellied Whistling Duck

Okay. Not really an invasion, but nine black-bellied whistling ducks took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in Yorkville, IL.

Strange how birds appear in unusual places. This week's journal is a case-in-point. A couple of weeks ago or so, residents of Yorkville, IL starting seeing some strange ducks in their backyards. Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks to be exact. Nine of them. Normally these birds are found along the Gulf Coast of the United States. What the heck are they doing up here? And nothing against the fine community of Yorkville, but why Yorkville?

These ducks have been spotted in Illinois and the Midwest in the past, but it certainly is fascinating how species fly way out of their normal range to end up in different areas. No one knows for sure how these nine ducks ended up in a Yorkville backyard, but there they were! Irene Kaufman thought these birds were rather odd-looking so she got in contact with local birders to confirm her suspicions that she had some rather unique visitors.

Graciously, the Kaufman's opened up their backyard to birders and what a treat it was to see these birds far from home.

Special thanks to my friend Ramu who informed me of the ducks and the Kaufman's not only accommodated myself and other birders, but provided seating areas for both morning and afternoon sun. It just doesn't get any better than that!

Without further ado, here's this week's video devoted to the nine black-bellied whistling ducks of Yorkville, IL:

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks from Alan Stankevitz on Vimeo.

Taken with the Panasonic GH4 and the (Canon mount) Tamron 150-600mm lens. All video was shot in 4k, then post-produced in 1080p. Please be sure to go to Vimeo and download the full-resolution version to see the video in its highest quality.

Please note: I am crazy busy right now taking lots of video and photographs. I will produce more journal entries on the GH4 and many more birds as time permits!

—Alan Stankevitz


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