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Postby dukaddict » Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:37 am

Kind of different, I`ve never seen this before

He has a white crescent on his face kind of like a bluewing teal
The only instance of this I can find in my reference material is an Australasian Shoveler but they live in Australia and New Zealand and the marking is right behind the bill and runs the length of the face

Just thought it was kind of cool

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Postby thedckstpshere » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:35 am

That's really cool. On the Refuge Forums there is a picture of a pretty odd blue wing teal. Lots of weird birds flying around in this storm. :umm:
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Postby EXTREMA » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:09 pm

could be a cross breed. the hen spoony is small enough for a teal to mount. nice!! looks imature though.
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Postby #1wingnut » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:29 pm

:withstupid:
Thats kind what I thought. those tramp teal will let anything on top em
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I prolly never would have noticed if that was my bird.
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Postby dukaddict » Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:02 pm

That`s what I was thinking
as for not noticing I`m sure you would have it was easy to see there was something different about this one

Every bird`s a trophy to me I sit there and check them out when it`s slow or after I`m done I should mount him, got a trophy hen also, make a nice pair but as you noticed a couple of them were young birds and those pin feathers are hard to work with
And I`ve got the pair of Cinnamons,Woodies,Redheads etc etc to do
I better get to work after season`s over
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:56 pm

I'd mount it, it is something different and that always makes for a good mount and memories, bluewing teal and shovelers are the closest relatives you know
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Postby dukaddict » Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:56 pm

Cinnamons too, look at the bill and they look a lot like spoonies in flight

I will
I`ve always liked spoonies, they`re a good pair
into the freezer with them

While we`re on the subject of unusual birds a few years ago we were doing the driving tour at Sac and when we got to the platform there was some bird watchers scribbling in their books and muttering amongst themselves.
I asked to look through the spotting scope and they had it trained on a Eurasian Wigeon -saw it with my own eyes-
supercool :thumbsup:
and years ago my grandpa got a snow goose that was banded in Russia up at Tule
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Postby goosecaller dude » Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:50 pm

hey did this bird have any white in the wings that isn't normal up here I get what I call Jethro's they are domestic ( city park ) crossed birds < last season I got a mallard with a white neck like a bull sprig it also had one white wing feather and a local biologist told me it was a domestic cross.still pretty trippie mount it for a conversation peice.
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Postby dukaddict » Wed Jan 04, 2006 5:30 pm

no, no unusual markings except the white blaze on the face

I`ve taken a few crosses b4 I guess if I was a drake duck that survived the season I`d get as many as I could too regardless of the species
I mean, mating season only comes once a year and I could die next fall :laughing:
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Postby EXTREMA » Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:40 pm

the sprig/mallard combo also happens in mexico where the two cross breed. white wing tips would indicate a domesticated bird. i never heard of a spoony/teal combo before so this one is pretty cool.
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:48 pm

buddy of mine shot a euro widg on sunday afternoon. I was suppose to meet up with him, but decided to hunt a different area instead. Damn, it could have been me. :hammering:
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Postby dukaddict » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:54 pm

Nice! :thumbsup:
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Postby EXTREMA » Mon Jan 09, 2006 10:22 pm

i saw euro widgeon driving by the sac refuge.
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Postby worknem » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:52 am

EXTREMA wrote:the sprig/mallard combo also happens in mexico where the two cross breed. white wing tips would indicate a domesticated bird. i never heard of a spoony/teal combo before so this one is pretty cool.


The Sprig / Mallard Drake cross is pretty cool. :thumbsup: It's known as a Brewers Duck, is more common than most think, and the majority of Pac Flyway Taxidermists have one or two waiting in line in thier freezer. Neat bird that makes you think your wife laced your coffee when you see it on the wing.

My money is on that being a Shoveller / Bluewing cross. Was the blaze equally the same on both sides?

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Postby dukaddict » Tue Jan 10, 2006 6:10 pm

Yes it was the same on both sides

I`m going to hit Sac and get me another look at one of those wigeon
up close and personal I hope
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Postby puddlehunter » Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:29 pm

white is from old age.......
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Postby Spoony » Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:57 pm

I thopught maybe it was one of these... Now i think I am wrong...


http://community.webshots.com/photo/440 ... 3978eTymKx

This is a photo of the New Zealand Spoony perhaps it crossed with one some way some how...
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Postby EXTREMA » Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:59 am

could be a cross breed. you never know where these birds come from? it looks like an immature or molted spoony it hasn't gained all his plumage. i shot a few immature drakes this year but i got two really mountable drakes!!
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Postby dukaddict » Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:01 am

All of the drakes I got that day were young birds, but the one hen was very nice, I`m on a quest to get a nice drake before the season`s over
now that I want one I probably won`t see any

You gonna get them mounted?
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Postby EXTREMA » Sat May 13, 2006 8:40 pm

i was just looking at the new D.U. magazine and i saw on page 22 a shovler/teal. it turns out to be a New Zealand Shovler. it has the blue wing teal patch, cinnamon teal body and a shovler bill. very pretty bird and it was bagged in northern california last season.

i thought it was the bird in this topic but thats a northern /blue wing mix or a New Zealand /northern mix.

pretty rare bird though!
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Postby dukaddict » Sat May 13, 2006 9:54 pm

Maybe since I can`t get to New Zealand a clan came here to North America :thumbsup:
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