Last ones for the season

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Last ones for the season

Postby esutter » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:22 pm

Mcclinj, myself and a few others got out one last time for the season. It has been very slow these last few weeks. Managed a couple, with a wierdo hybrid kicked in to boot.

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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby don taylor » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:57 am

Cool colors on that duck, got another pic of it? Was the rest of it mallard?

I went out last night and wrapped up the season with 2 mallards.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby mcclinj » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:41 am

I talked to a few wildlife biologist friends of mine....they said it was a black x mallard hybrid.

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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby Rigg-A-Mortis » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:08 am

Congrats. I'd also be interested in seeing another pic. Not bursting your bubble, but appears to be just an imature drake. Nice hunt either way!
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby esutter » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:38 pm

Rigg-A-Mortis wrote:Congrats. I'd also be interested in seeing another pic. Not bursting your bubble, but appears to be just an imature drake. Nice hunt either way!


It had the double curl though...still kind of a mystery.

Everything from breast back was mallard. Didn't have the white collar, and you can see in this pic that the breast feathers had a little more detailing than classic drake mallard. Unfortunately, I don't have any pics from a profile of the bird, but it had a bit of a mask going on too. Do you have pics from the side John?

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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby don taylor » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:12 pm

I don't think it looks like a juvie, I think it looks like a eclipse mallard... but it's the wrong time of year. Maybe it had molted 2x this year?

I don't think it's a black mallard. JMHO. If you look on my facebook page, you see one on my timeline pic from 2 years ago, with the cans, redheads and other mallards. I've seen more than a few, none looked like that.

Missing the white collar is a trait in molting, or eclipse, mallards.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby esutter » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:09 pm

I had wondered if it was WigeonxMallard...the mask and the cap leaned me in that direction.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby don taylor » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:51 am

Definetly not a mallard x wigeon. The colors and charateristics aren't there.

Do you still have the wings? If you happen to know someboddy who is participating in the survey, maybe they could have it done for you. My theory is a mallard that had a second molt or didn't completely molt for one reason or another.The only thing I might believe is it had a hybrid black x mallard daddy and is 3/4 mallard. Maybe an offspring of a farmie or has something else in it's system. I'll still go with my gut and say it's a molting. Look up pics of an eclipse mallard, they fit. Weak green on the head, little or no white collar.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby don taylor » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:56 am

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Mallard x wigeon.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby esutter » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:53 am

Ha! Yeah, okay, not mallardxwigeon.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby tsaylor1979 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:44 pm

Old hen. :lol3:
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby PADuck » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:37 pm

Looks a lot like a brewers duck
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby BrentwoodDucker » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:07 pm

tsaylor1979 wrote:Old hen. :lol3:



Could be an old hen actually. Biologist claim that if a hen loses her reprodutive system or becomes "dry" she'll gain male characteristics.
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Re: Last ones for the season

Postby tsaylor1979 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:42 pm

I have heard that as well.
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