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ID pls..
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-11-02 13:28
Viewed: 2072
Points: 10
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found this single odd, black duck.. along with some Mallards and American Coots.. this weekend.. near Patriot Lake, in Shelby Farms Park.

at first i thought, it could be an American Black Duck (Anas rubripes). but later after returning home and studying on it, i was sure it was not an 'Anas rubripes'.

so what is it? a separate species, or a Mallard hybrid?

some confusions are there:
1. this duck has no neck-band as we get to see in male Mallards.
2. this duck has no extended eye-brows as can be seen in female Mallards.
3. the bill is not yellowish, but white. Mallards have yellow bills.
4. that small but prominent white spot, just above its eye is somewhat i have not found common amongst the various ducks available in Tennessee (going through the list and then checking the available photographs). that makes me curious.
5. unlike American Black Ducks, this duck has got deep black head.
6. but the shape and texture of the plumage (breast) indicate it could be related to Mallards.

so what is it? an immature Mallard? or a Mallard hybrid? if it's a Mallard hybrid, then which is the other species that it comes from? is it a male, or female?

adding another photograph of this same duck in workshop. it might help in analyzing the neck part and plumage.

NB: i keep on visiting that place, but saw this duck for the first time with those other ducks.

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Ciao Ruby, sorrry, I cannot help with id, I never see before,, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-02 15:04]

Hello Ruby,
This isn't a real species of duck. It's more the result of cross breeding of ducks by humans, I think. But I'm not an expert in that kind of matter.
But the photo is beautiful in excellent sharpness, natural light and colours and taken from a good POV.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-11-02 19:56]

Hello Ruby,
You have photographed a very interesting duck at Shelby Farms. I believe it is definitely a cross between a mallard and another species. It has mostly retained the characteristics of the mallard, but it has a mixture of some other breed as well.
My first instinct was possibly a Widgeon which would explain the whitish bill and also the lower breast has the colors and speckled look which Widgeons have on their head and neck areas. This is only a wild guess, so I could be way off base.
When I was a young boy a neighbor of mine experimented with cross breeding mallards to other ducks. I vividly remember some really weird looking results as far as colors, markings and even body size.
Back to your photo, it is still a great shot of this unusual looking duck. Thank you for posting and allowing us to view it!!

Hello Ruby,
A great capture with beautiful colors, details & pose. Well composed & presented. TFS & best wishes!


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-11-02 22:54]

beautiful species. excellent clarity and angle. tfs.

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