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Old Dec 20, 2004, 6:10 AM   #1
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I like the ripples on the water in this shot.


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Very nice.
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Old Dec 20, 2004, 5:56 PM   #3
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That is a very pretty shot, Julie! A beautiful duck and someone behind the camera who is getting better all the time at getting these types of pictures...
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Congratulations Aladyforty.
Not only is this a very nice picture but it appears that you have captured a photo of a very rare form of Ruddy Duck. Most Ruddy Ducks have white cheek patches under their eyes. It is very uncommon to see a completely black head. I live near a National Wildlife refuge that is home to over 2 million water fowl every winter and I have never seen a black headed Ruddy duck. My head is now green with envy. Thanks for making my day.

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Old Dec 20, 2004, 7:21 PM   #6
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Steve, when Julie first started posting pictures of these ducks several months ago, I too thought it was a form of ruddy duck. However, Julie lives in Australia and this is a somewhat common Australian duck, the name of which I forget right now - but perhaps Julie will remember...

(Edit: I just looked this up on the internet. How funny - the name is quite obvious, it's the Blue-Billed Duck! :-)Here's a reference.)
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Old Dec 20, 2004, 7:26 PM   #7
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Steve, when Julie first started posting pictures of these ducks several months ago, I too thought it was a form of ruddy duck. However, Julie lives in Australia and this is a somewhat common Australian duck, the name of which I forget right now - but perhaps Julie will remember...

(Edit: I just looked this up on the internet. How funny - the name is quite obvious, it's the Blue-Billed Duck! :-)*Here's a reference.)
Oh well, I didn't look very well with a green head anyway. :lol:
Thanks for the info. Sure looks like a Ruddy though doesn't it?

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Old Dec 20, 2004, 11:35 PM   #8
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thanks for the comments, there are heaps of these around here, common as ....ducks I guess:-)
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Old Dec 21, 2004, 7:18 PM   #9
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Heaps uh?
Well this is what I think, every once in a blue moon one escapes and makes it to my neck of the woods and that makes him a rare bird. :-)
Think anyone will bye that? :?:
Probably not.

Well, I really like your picture anyway. I think it's gorgeous. You gotta love anything with a blue mouth.

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Old Dec 22, 2004, 4:41 PM   #10
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I did a little research and found that our little Blue billed friend is related to the Ruddy duck. They are both in the same genus, Oxyura. The Blue Billed Duck is Oxyura Australis and the Ruddy is Oxyura jamaicensis. No wonder they look so much alike. Nothing like a bit of trivial minutia to bolster the soul eh?

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