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Old Apr 29, 2009, 8:29 PM   #1
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I was going through some photos from a few weeks ago and found these. at the time I didn't know what species they were but, found them on the web.
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Old Apr 29, 2009, 9:44 PM   #2
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Very nice! Yellow beak vs. orange beak - designates male and female? Which is which?

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Excellent detail on very striking feathers against that background.
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Old Apr 30, 2009, 2:24 PM   #4
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Very nice! Yellow beak vs. orange beak - designates male and female? Which is which?

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Hey Jim,
I was curious myself which was which so I looked it up, here is what I found.


"Because the plumages of male and female mottled ducks are similar, the easiest way to tell them apart is by bill color. The male mottled duck has an olive green to yellow, solid color bill, while the female has an orange to brown bill with dark blotches or dots. These dots are most prevalent on the underside of the female's bill."

I also discovered that this is one of approximately 20 species of the Mallard family native only to Florida. The FWC is currently doing a telemetry project on them to find out more about them. if anyone is interested you can find out more here.
http://myfwc.com/WILDLIFEHABITATS/Duck_modu_project.htm
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