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Old Apr 28, 2006, 10:53 AM   #1
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One duck was swimming peacefully then the other swooped in and they went at it, this frame was taken as they took off to continue their fight in the air.
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Old Apr 29, 2006, 11:09 AM   #2
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This was actually the 1st in the sequence.
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Old Apr 29, 2006, 11:09 AM   #3
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And this was the third.
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Old Apr 29, 2006, 12:12 PM   #4
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These young Ladies are Mallards. I've never sen any Mallards fight (this observation plus 2 dollars will get you a seat on the subway)

Do you have any idea what this was all about?

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Old Apr 29, 2006, 3:46 PM   #5
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No I don't, the one just swooped in then there was a great deal of splashing and noise from them. I just started shooting and hoping for some good captures. Once they were both airborne, they flew off into the distance. So no idea what came of it. Here are two more shots right after the first one landed. I can't tell anything from them, but perhaps you can.
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And the other one.
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Old Apr 29, 2006, 5:18 PM   #7
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No I don't, the one just swooped in then there was a great deal of splashing and noise from them. I just started shooting and hoping for some good captures. Once they were both airborne, they flew off into the distance. So no idea what came of it. Here are two more shots right after the first one landed. I can't tell anything from them, but perhaps you can.
I can't tell a thing

Basically I blame you, because I am fluent in Mallard, and if you had been clever enough to tape the exchange I would have translated this...:?: :G

I must say this is really weird, and some decent captures. I will ask an ornathologist. Really, I've never seen anything like this with Mallards.

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Hmmm, any chance these are Black ducks guys? Thats my guess based on the blue in the wing on one of the pics and also by looking at there heads (which are similar, but different than the hen mallards). I could be wrong....
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Please let me know what he says, I would be curious.

I'm not a serious birder, just a nature lover and amateur photographer. If anyone has any thoughts on the species... please post :-)
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Hmmm, any chance these are Black ducks guys? Thats my guess based on the blue in the wing on one of the pics and also by looking at there heads (which are similar, but different than the hen mallards). I could be wrong....
You're referring to the "Speculum."

No, sorry, these are Mallards, who have a blue speculum. The Black Ducks speculum is more purple. But these are pretty clear images - They are Mallards, not even hybrid Mallards:blah:

Also the beaks of female Black Ducks are a dirty green.

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