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Old Jul 4, 2005, 2:34 PM   #1
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From the book I have on birds, this is the closest I came to for a species name. Cheers......thekman.
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Old Jul 4, 2005, 2:44 PM   #2
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Hi theKman620,

Think it's a female Gooseander. Both similar species, but best way to tell apart, is by looking at where russet and grey join on neck.

Merganser's russet colouring merges with the grey.

Definite"join" on Gooseander.

Great shot!

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Old Jul 4, 2005, 3:18 PM   #3
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Hi theKman620,

Think it's a female Gooseander. Both similar species, but best way to tell apart, is by looking at where russet and grey join on neck.

Merganser's russet colouring merges with the grey.

Definite "join" on Gooseander.

Great shot!

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I assume by your use of the word "Gooseander," you're referring to some Scotish version of the word Merganser?

At any rate, here in North America we have two Mergansers that could possibly match this duck. The Common Merganser, has a distinct seperation between neck and body, while the Red Breasted Merganser does not. However, it's hard to tell in this photograph because of the way the head is being held - it might be either.

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Old Jul 4, 2005, 11:39 PM   #4
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Great pic! I'm almost 100% positive that it's a female common merganser. The red-breasted merganser does not have as dark of patches on the wings, nor doesit have the horizontal contrast in the neck (for the females, anyways - the males do, but they have a much darker head).
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Old Jul 5, 2005, 3:38 PM   #5
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It is "probably" a female Common Merganser.



As you can see the "clear break" in coloration workls better in books than with the real bird.

However the male of the Common, looks nothing like the female, and the male of the Red Breasted, looks nothing like any of them....:lol:

He's a very handsome bird indeed...

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