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Old Mar 15, 2005, 9:23 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me what kind of a duck this is? There was information showing pics of all the waterfowl in the area, but I couldn't find this little guy (gal?) on there.
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 12:31 PM   #2
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Hi Suze

I just checked my book as well. It appears to me to be a Bald Eagle molting. You are from England and are unaware of this phase that bald Eagles go through...:idea:

Hopefully in the future you will both know better, and take my informative posts with less than a grain of salt....

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Old Mar 15, 2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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Sorry Dave, but something in your reply flew right over my head . . :?
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I believe the last response was tongue in cheek.

This looks a little like a faded out Cinnamon Teal but the eyes are wrong. Did you black them in, in post processing by any chance? The Cinnamon Teal has a light eye with dark in very center.

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In post I didauto levels and a bit of sharpening.Perhaps it will help to have another couple of pics - these are not very sharp but show him from other angles. He also seems to have abnormally big feet for a duck - does that help ?:G:G Thanks for your help Suzan!
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 9:42 AM   #7
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I'll try again. It appears to be a male Smew. I note the tip of the beak. I would be sure, but my book shows no picture of the feet and THOSE should be a givaway...

You can check more with Google:
http://www.arthurgrosset.com/europebirds/smew.html

According to this link, the bird also interbreeds with Goldeneyes...

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By the size of those feet are you sure this thing isn't a chick, or quite young. If so, when it grows up a bit maybe it will look more like something discernable. Just a thought. If this thing is full-grown then those are definitely huge feet.
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Hi Norm

It really is a Smew. I'm actually serious! :-)

They are occasional visitors to North America, but they live up in the Baltic. The female is quite a bit prettier...

I once saw a female off of Brooklyn, of all places...

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Thanks Dave, strange name for an animal. I've heard of a shrew but this is my first encounter with the big footed Smew.:-)
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