Portrait of a Wigeon

Friday, March 13, 2020,

This is a male Wigeon that I photographed at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. These handsome ducks generally only visit Long Island during the winter months. There are still some hanging around but, soon, they will be departing for more northerly climes. I will miss them but their coming and going is what makes each change of season unique and wonderful. JK


Meet the Wigeons

Friday, April 20, 2018,

These are Mr. and Mrs. Wigeon out for a tour of the pond. I was lucky enough to catch them on a fairly windless day so I was able to get some decent reflections. I took these pics at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. As I have no doubt said in other posts, this is a terrific place to view wildlife.

I had been under the impression that these guys would be leaving soon for more northerly climes. When I mentioned this during a recent walk with the Four Harbors Audubon Society, my friend Luci told me that more and more of our ‘winter ducks’, including Gadwalls and Wigeons, have been staying and nesting right here on Long Island.The term ‘winter ducks’ refers to the several species of ducks that fly south to our shores for our comparatively milder winters. I like the idea of having a greater variety of ducks here year round. Maybe I’ll have more opportunities to get shots like these. JK