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Old Feb 11, 2007, 6:48 PM   #1
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Heard this duck in the bayou, went to look, then ran for the camera. Should have had it with me, I know. Anyway, by the time I got back, he had swam all the way across and down aways. Still grabbed a few shots. This is the best one I could get. It was all alone, no others around. Haven't seen it since I took this on the Feb. 8th.


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Old Feb 11, 2007, 7:41 PM   #2
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I have seen one similar to that posted on a site but I can't remember the name of it.
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Old Feb 11, 2007, 8:48 PM   #3
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Not familiar to me either Gerry. Donna
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Old Feb 11, 2007, 8:59 PM   #4
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Thanks Ted, and Donna. I have several books on birds, especially the southeastern region, and I cannot find a duck that resembles this one in color. As for body shape, it reminds me of a mallard, but the color is all wrong.
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Old Feb 12, 2007, 12:30 AM   #5
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Thanks Ted, and Donna. I have several books on birds, especially the southeastern region, and I cannot find a duck that resembles this one in color. As for body shape, it reminds me of a mallard, but the color is all wrong.
I too looked around various bird places and had no success. Since you mentioned mallard body shape I will say that there is a city pond here where some mallards must have bred with the domestic ducks. The end result is some drakes that look like mallards but are as large as a barnyard white duck, so maybe you have some kind of hybrid there.
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Old Feb 12, 2007, 8:02 AM   #6
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Thanks for viewing, Steve. You may be right. There was a mallard hen hanging around with the muscovies here last year. That may well explain the white coloring.
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Old Feb 13, 2007, 6:25 AM   #7
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We have a few ducks that look like that. These ducks breed with





these guys and it comes to a strange mix.



I will see if I can get a few shots of them this week if there around.


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Old Feb 13, 2007, 9:56 AM   #8
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Yep, I think that is what I have here, a hybrid between the muscovies and a mallard hen. The body shape is very much like the mallard, but the head and neck coloring is much like the moscovie, but not as ugly. And this may well be the parents, I had forgotten about this photo.


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Old Feb 13, 2007, 11:16 AM   #9
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It's called the splotch headed mallard.
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Old Feb 13, 2007, 7:03 PM   #10
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Beth, That sounds better than what I had in mind, I was thinking MuscMallard.:G
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