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American Wigeon (Anas americana)


american wigeon
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American Wigeon (Anas americana)

In the UK, the name is spelled “widgeon”, with a “d”, but the spelling used by the American Ornithologists Union “official” checklist of birds drops the letter “d”. Either way, there are three species sharing the name: the American, the Eurasian (A. penelope), which is often just called “Widgeon”, and is found through most of Eurasia (and, in winter, parts of northern Africa), and the Chiloe Wigeon (A. sibilatrix) found only in southern South America. The Eurasian Wigeon is increasingly common in North America.

When I was a child, learning about birds, this species was called the “Baldpate”, because the white crown patch of the adult male in breeding plumage resembled a bald “pate”, or head (although it really didn’t; I much prefer the current name). The name is very old, it’s origin unknown, although it possibly derives from an inaccurate version of Latin for a “small crane”.

The American Wigeon has a wide range, breeding from Alaska, east across the prairies and in suitable marshy habitat as far as Quebec and south into the American southwest as far as northern California, wintering along much of both coasts of North America, and from the central and southern U.S., south as far as the Caribbean and southern Central America.

My painting, smaller than life-size, was begun around the first of December, 2016, but not completed until early January, making it my first painting of 2017. It shows a variation of a scene I saw the previous year, in February, 2015, in Oak Bay, Victoria, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I decided I wanted to try to capture the behaviour of a group of birds, some feeding, one preening, others on the alert, and looking in various directions.

The painting is smaller than life size, in acrylics on Russian birch mounted on a basswood frame and is 18 by 24 inches.

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