The husband and I saw this duck at LSU Lakes on Thanksgiving Day. I couldn't identify it, but kept a photo for reference. About a week later I received an email notification from a bird group that a rare sighting of the Fulvous Whistling Duck was seen at nearby Capitol Lakes. I looked it up and I'll be dang, that was the duck I saw. Depending on who you talk to, this is the first or second time it has been recorded in Baton Rouge (see range map below).
Today we decided to bird Capitol Lakes, not even thinking about the Fulvous. A photography buddy of mine joined us at the southeast part of the lake to let me know the Fulvous was there! Boy, I was hot to trot, and so excited when I spotted him/her among the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. The cinnamon color and white stripes make him stand out. The light was not good, but I was able to salvage a couple of shots thanks to LR and PS.
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 1000 | 1/1250 sec
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 250 | 1/1250 sec
Fulvous Range Map
(thanks to iBird Pro)