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Dec 23, 2009 16:06 |  #1

I'm not familiar with ducks in general. Is the first shot a pair of American wigeons? And what is the second? Looks something like a mallard, but there are differences.


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Dec 23, 2009 17:08 |  #2

Nice shots, can't help with the ID


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Dec 23, 2009 17:49 |  #3

Nice shots Stan.

1. American Wigeons
2. Mallard (female)


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Dec 23, 2009 17:50 |  #4

American Wigeon (females in winter plumage)
Mallard hen. There is a lot of variations in plumage in the Mallard group. A lot of hybrids especially with Black ducks. Hope this helps Stan.


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Dec 23, 2009 18:12 |  #5

OK, thanks fellas. You have helped me win an argument with my wife. Now, how do you make it up to me?:rolleyes:


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Dec 23, 2009 19:16 |  #6

First photo is a pair of wigeon, as stated above. However, my first thought on the second photo was mottled duck, and that was before looking to see if you were in Florida, which you are. I will say that while I do work in the wildlife field and do have some experience working with waterfowl, being from the north I've never actually seen a live mottled duck. I don't suppose you have any other photos of the second one? One where you could see the speculum would prove it either way.



  
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Dec 23, 2009 19:37 |  #7

I love ducks, here's one that I shot

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Dec 23, 2009 19:37 |  #8

btw: He's Canadian


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Dec 23, 2009 20:37 |  #9

Sorry, it was the only one I kept. I saw the mottled duck in my book and there are similarities, but I still think it's a mallard hen.


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Dec 23, 2009 22:33 |  #10

The orange bill marked with black was a deciding factor for me to say Mallard hen.


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