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Mottled Duck
This close relative of the American Black Duck and Mallard is resident on the Gulf Coast and in Florida. Males and females pair early in the season, usually by November and breeding begins in January. I believe this is a male. Females have an orange bill and paler body plumage. Birds in Texas are the race "A. f. maculosa" which can be difficult to separate from American Black Duck, a very rare visitor to Texas. Male Mottled Ducks such as this can be as dark as American Black Ducks. They differ subtly in the internal markings of their scapulars, flanks and back. Mottled Ducks have a dark spot at the base of the bill (barely visible in this photo) which American Black Duck lacks.
Location
Port Bolivar, Texas, USA.
Date taken
23 April 2021
Scientific name
Anas fulvigula
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That's a fabulous picture you've taken of this duck Joe, not a species I remember seeing come in very often.

Excellent work laddie, thanks.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
220
Comment count
2

Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/7.1
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/1000 second(s)
ISO
100
Filename
MottledDuckIMG_8915.jpg
File size
274.2 KB
Date taken
Fri, 23 April 2021 11:06 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 1048px

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