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Old Monday 9th September 2019, 16:53   #1
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Female Mallard or am I looking at something different?

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Ishikari Sand dunes Pond, Ishikari, Hokkaido, Japan 10:30


Hi!

Not quite sure if Eastern-spot bills
or Mallards
or other here.
I got confused
by the black and white patterns on the wings,
when I went to look in several field guides.
Any help well appreciated!

Jeff
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Male Mallard in eclipse.
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Ahhhh-ha!

Thank you so much aeshna5 for taking the time to reply!
eclipse was something new I learned, thank you for that too!
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Male Mallard in eclipse.
The bill pattern and colour in the first two pictures suggests a female. A male would show a plain yellow bill even in eclipse.
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The bill pattern and colour in the first two pictures suggests a female. A male would show a plain yellow bill even in eclipse.
I agree, looks like a female Mallard to me also.
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The bill pattern and colour in the first two pictures suggests a female. A male would show a plain yellow bill even in eclipse.
Seems to have a rather chestnut breast to me + a hint of green on the head. Doesn't look like a standard female to me.
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