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Unusual Duck or just very brown eclipse plumage on a common Mallard [Pembrokeshire]

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Old Friday 22nd August 2014, 21:01   #1
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Unusual Duck or just very brown eclipse plumage on a common Mallard [Pembrokeshire]

Any ideas or am I just being a newbie ?

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Old Friday 22nd August 2014, 21:08   #2
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Middle duck in 1st pic is a male mallard either a juv or in eclipse plummage.To be honest I don't pay that much

attention to mallards.

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Isn't that a baby Dodo sitting in the middle under the sedges?
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Look like male Mallards in eclipse...oh and I see the baby Dodo - its looking to the left
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Eclipse plumage varies a lot in Mallards, even when dodgy domestic-descended drakes aren't taken into account. All the large ducks here are eclipse male Mallards.

The half-hidden smaller birds are difficult to identify, but could either be half-grown mallard ducklings (a late brood) or female/eclipse Teal.
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