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.
Immature mallard drake. Don't see anything wigeon in it.
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.