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Hybrid duck ???

Discussion in 'Nature' started by poetsie, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. poetsie

    poetsie Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2019
    asked some bird watchers but nobody had an answer.

    G9 PL 200mm F2.8 + DMW-TC14
     

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  2. A location of where this was shot would really help.
     
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  3. poetsie

    poetsie Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2019
    The Netherlands: National park Hoge Veluwe
     
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  4. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 29, 2012
    Looks like a mix of Muscovy and Mallard.
     
  5. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Just looks like a mallard to me. Maybe in some transitional plumage. Is there something specific that makes it not look like a mallard in other images?
     
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  6. Mikehit

    Mikehit Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 26, 2018
    I would say it is a mallard crossed with something, but the problem is that mallards will **** anything so who knows.
    My first thought was with what appears to be a small crest at the back of the head, the green of the head and the more orange breast it is a mallard crossed with a wood duck. But wood ducks are native to the US.

    mallard duck - Bing images

    mallard x wood duck - Bing images
     
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  7. alex g

    alex g Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    New York / Bath
    I've been reliably informed that it's not unusual for domestic ducks to escape and make indiscriminate whoopy with the local wild population, often with creative results. I've been all excited about having spotted some rare species in the past, when in fact it's just been a local mongrel.
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    Not your average duck by Alex G, on Flickr

    That said, yours does look particularly exotic! :) 
     
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  8. All I can say is that the Netherlands is completely outside of my sphere of being able to supply my meaningless and uninformed opinion.
     
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  9. Bushboy

    Bushboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2018
    Aotearoa
    Charlie
    Looks like mostly mallard anyways. A particularly nice shot! :) 
     
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  10. I suspect it's a mallard / wood duck hybrid.
     
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  11. I wanna come back as a duck.
     
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  12. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Mallard and domestic is my guess
     
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  13. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Whatever it is, it is a lovely photo of it anyhow.
    I had to look up "wood duck" because the Australian wood duck is totally different. More like a pygmy goose really (as it is a grazer like geese).
     
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  14. bredman

    bredman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 30, 2013
    Sherwood Forest
    Pete
    Mallard x wood duck hyrids wont have a red bill and would be quite different to that individual. I reckon it's a common shelduck x wood duck, i'd put money on it. The perceived mallard influence is the common shelduck.
     
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  15. bredman

    bredman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 30, 2013
    Sherwood Forest
    Pete
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  16. poetsie

    poetsie Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 10, 2019
    Thanks for all the information, I talked with a birdwatcher of the neighbourhood and nobody exactly knows what it is. But another guy told me it's a maillard crossed with a mandarin duck.
    There are mandarin ducks here.
     
  17. Could be. Mandarins are very closely related to wood ducks.
     
  18. bredman

    bredman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 30, 2013
    Sherwood Forest
    Pete
    I reckon he's wrong. Mandarin ducks are all over England, and all the hybrid shots i've seen show strong mandarin traits - definitely dominant over the other species. There is no mandarin duck in that bird.

    Here's the male common shelduck x wood duck image from the link in post #15 ... i't the same bird as the OP imo. Bill details are identical, also note the cheek spot, eye colour and same dull (not mallard like) dark green head colour, the same.

    Maybe you have a shot showing the back/tail plumage?

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  19. ralf-11

    ralf-11 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 16, 2017
    Ducks are very "open-minded" about ....
     
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