QH's Paw wrote:I would say GE but, with a solid black bill and no better picture, I would not rule out immature drake GE. Many people mistake immature drakes for hens. Usually, but not always, you will be able to notice at least a white line near the side of the bill, or white flecks, if immature drake. Unlike other duck species, the GE drake can take as long as 5 years to show it's full color. Until it does that, it will look like a hen, more so than a drake.
110%mallardpurist wrote:All these are good answers but I'm gonna step out on a limb and say that drake buffle heads are the same with growing there colors like that also. I've heard from other hunters that when a drake buffle head starts out it looks like a hen with the small white mark behind it's eye and as it grows older that spot gets bigger as it matures eventually making the full white hood. Not saying I'm %100 correct cuz I very well cannot be but going from what I've heard before I would say immature drake buffle head. The bill is what makes me think that.
Labs wrote:Based on this pic, it's tough to say....a GE would have an unmistakeable GOLDEN EYE...this one doesn't seem to have that...need a better pic....
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