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Recent content by stevethehydra

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    Calidris ID - W France

    The video is unavailable because "private". From the stills, it's definitely no Little Stint just on size comparison with the Lapwing. I'm torn between calling it a Dunlin for definite and wondering if there's a chance of it being a Curlew Sandpiper (in some pics looks like it has quite a...
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    Leucistic Canada Goose? Or some sort of Hybrid? S.E. Mass., USA

    I've seen a few different types of leucistic Canada geese, none exactly like this, but on those with white spotting or streaking on the head/neck (that I have seen close up), I have noticed that the "abnormal" white is a slightly but noticeably colder/purer white than the "normal" white face...
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    Common Buzzard? Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany

    I think it's just the long hook on the bill that makes it look weird. Otherwise it just looks like a Common Buzzard/possible "Steppe Buzzard" type to me. Presumably the bill hook is just an individual aberration, maybe due to damage or diet/nutrition issues (as I think can happen in gulls etc...
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    Need help to ID this duck | Adelaide - South Australia

    Both birds here are Pacific Black Duck x Mallard hybrids. Pure Mallard females can show a similar-ish (less strong/definite) face pattern, but the eye stripes here are clearly intermediate between the full double stripe of a pure PBD and what could be expected from a strongly patterned female...
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    Black pheasant?

    It is a Blackbird (Turdus merula), but there does seem to be some strange optical illusion going on in the video that somehow makes it "seem" like a much bigger bird. Still, on structure, posture and behaviour, as said by Ratal above, it can't be anything else, so it must be some combination of...
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    Hybrid(?) duck, Manchester UK

    Compare and contrast this possibly intersex "Call Duck" type that I photographed in Leeds a few years ago: Odd domestic Mallard type (possible intersex), Leeds UK
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    Hybrid(?) duck, Manchester UK

    I've seen quite a few "Call Duck" types, and this bird struck me as structurally different - more "dainty", less of the "dwarfish" or almost "cartoon character" proportions. But that's subjective obviously... I don't know if they are clear from these photos, but a couple of other traits that I...
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    Hybrid(?) duck, Manchester UK

    As this is a popular park in a densely-populated area of a major city, I thought I'd try googling Alexandra Park and phrases like "hybrid duck", "unusual duck", etc to see if anyone else might have photographed this bird and posted anything online about it. I didn't see this bird itself, but did...
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    Hybrid(?) duck, Manchester UK

    Mallard x Wigeon hybrids look like this: Eurasian Wigeon x Mallard
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    Hybrid(?) duck, Manchester UK

    I'm not totally ruling that out. But if it is one, it's a very unusual one. I've seen a lot of domestic/part-domestic/"manky" mallards in a lot of urban parks and this one stands out as very different in "jizz". Most domestic Mallard types that are smaller than wild-type Mallard have a very...
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    Hybrid(?) duck, Manchester UK

    Seen on 3rd November on the duck pond at Alexandra Park, Manchester. I have a few more photos but these are the best. I think this has to be a hybrid, and it's fairly obvious that one parent is Mallard, but what is the other? It was distinctly smaller than wild-type Mallards, larger than Tufted...
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    Fife Wildfowl

    Female-type Mallard with aberrant plumage, probably due to domestic ancestry (likely a few generations back as it looks wild-type in structure). Teal seems plausible for the flying birds but not sure they can be identified from these photos.
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    Mystery Black Songbird - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

    I tend to see magpies (in England) which have lost their tails in spring or early summer, if anything. My assumption is that it's not a "normal" phase of moult so much as something that could happen from (e.g.) a close run-in with a cat or other predator (cat grabs the tail as bird flies away)...
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    Another gull for ID please - Norfolk UK

    Agreed with Common Gull, but isn't it a "not-quite-adult" with that banded bill and heavily streaked head?
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    Gadwall Hybrid

    Interesting bird, looks similar to Gadwall x Mallard hybrids that I have seen, but closer to Gadwall than most. Could be a backcrossed hybrid (3/4 Gadwall, 1/4 Mallard) or just towards the Gadwall-like end of hybrid variation. The second bird in those last 2 photos shows a bit of the...
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