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The wife and I had an enjoyable hunt over the weekend. However, we got an interesting "hen mallard" that I was curious in hearing the thoughts of the others in determining if it is a hen mallard, a drake mallard, an eclipse late season hatch drake mallard, or a mallard with a hormone imbalance issue. Below are some comparison photos.

Items to note:
1. The "hen mallard" does not have an orange bill
2. The "hen mallard" does not have light brown/tan exterior wings
3. The "hen mallard" has some green patches of feathers around its head
4. The "hen mallard" does not have a white ring around its neck
5. The "hen mallard" does not have a distinct chestnut brown chest (very faint if at all)
5. The "hen mallard" does not have a black v notch on the back side of the tail
6. The "hen mallard" does not have a tail curl.

Thoughts?

Please note we were not hunting near a park or a farm pond with domestic/wonder bread ducks - so not likely a weird hybrid mix.
 

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Awesome, thank you Marsh-Mello and Joe Hunter for the detailed explaination!
 
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