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#6611931 - 01/02/17 07:41 AM Duck identification
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Registered: 12/22/09
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Killed a lot of birds on my flooded timber outside of Emory but I have never killed anything out of the norm. Obviously a mallard and maybe just a late molt or something just thought I would share. We have already killed around 50 greenheads on my place this year but this was a first.
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#6611982 - 01/02/17 08:20 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Mallard x Widgeon hybrid. Nice looking rare bird.
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#6612017 - 01/02/17 08:49 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Agree and those are neat curl feathers
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#6612118 - 01/02/17 09:44 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Very nice! I'd say Mallard/widgeon, too.
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#6613427 - 01/02/17 09:14 PM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Got any more pictures? A fully extended picture of the wing always helps with id questions.
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#6613565 - 01/02/17 10:16 PM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Really cool!
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#6613634 - 01/02/17 11:05 PM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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That is one for the wall my friend. I hope you took care of that one.
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#6613673 - 01/03/17 12:05 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Immature mallard drake. Don't see anything wigeon in it. What color was the speculum? Big white patch on the wing?

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#6613681 - 01/03/17 12:38 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: passthru]
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Originally Posted By: passthru
That is one for the wall my friend. I hope you took care of that one.
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#6613751 - 01/03/17 06:39 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: REQ]
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Originally Posted By: REQ
Immature mallard drake. Don't see anything wigeon in it. What color was the speculum? Big white patch on the wing?

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#6613827 - 01/03/17 07:50 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: REQ]
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Originally Posted By: REQ
Immature mallard drake. Don't see anything wigeon in it. What color was the speculum? Big white patch on the wing?


You may be right. http://hybridduck.blogspot.com/p/gallery.html
A picture of the wing would help.
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#6613865 - 01/03/17 08:17 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: REQ]
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Originally Posted By: REQ
Immature mallard drake. Don't see anything wigeon in it.


100% Agreed.
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#6613949 - 01/03/17 09:08 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: TTUhunter4]
tdecker22 Offline
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: REQ
Immature mallard drake. Don't see anything wigeon in it.


100% Agreed.


Granted I am not a die hard duck hunter but I have killed my share of birds over the years on my place. I was always under the impression that a mallards curls was a indication of maturity. I have killed numerous 1-4 curl mallards. This particular bird had 3 full curls. They are all hard to see in the pic bc of the angle so that's why I didn't believe it was an immature bird. I may be completely wrong but that's what I have always been told. So I guess what I am saying is how is this bird immature with 3 curls and a drake with 1 curl looks just as it should? This is the only other pic I took.
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#6614017 - 01/03/17 09:39 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Sorry not sure, but those multicolored curl feathers are SWEET! Definitely keep!

It's head is perfectly mallard shaped it seems to me; funky genetics mature mallard? Half black mallard, half standard if that's possible??

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#6614179 - 01/03/17 10:56 AM Re: Duck identification [Re: tdecker22]
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Registered: 10/17/09
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It could either be a young mallard drake, or a really old mallard hen. The bill is telling me its more likely a young drake.

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