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mottled duck

  1. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    The Florida population is now recognized as a separate subspecies (A. f. fulvigula) from the allopatric Texas and Louisiana population (A. f. maculosa). Florida birds have a yellower bill and less distinctly marked plumage. This is a male. Females have an orange bill. A close relative of the...
  2. Mottled Duck Landing

    Mottled Duck Landing

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula maculosa) landing.
  3. Mottled Duck Couple

    Mottled Duck Couple

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula maculosa) couple. Male (left) female (right).
  4. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    This is a typical male Mottled Duck, resident on the Gulf Coast and in Florida. Birds in Texas are the race "A. f. maculosa" which can be confused with Mexican Duck, a recent split from Mallard which ranges further west in the Texas interior. Note this bird's more blended, less contrasting...
  5. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula maculosa)
  6. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula maculosa)
  7. SandhillCrane02

    Tips for Identifying Mallard vs Mottled vs Black Ducks

    Hey all, I've been having a hard time telling the differences between these three ducks. I have these photos from earlier that I'm almost certain are Mallards, but I find it difficult to tell based on the wings. I know they're definitely not Black Ducks because they do have white on their wings...
  8. Mottled Duck Family

    Mottled Duck Family

    Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula maculosa) Mom with her teenage mod squad.
  9. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula maculosa)
  10. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula maculosa)
  11. Mottled Duck

    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...
  12. MOTTLED DUCK PORT ST LUCIE, FL

    MOTTLED DUCK PORT ST LUCIE, FL

    I shot this over the weekend also of this mama Mottled Duck watching over her babies as they were swimming around. She keeps them in the shallow part of the run off from one lake to another. One side has several Alligators and the other I think is clear of gators but I am not sure. For the most...
  13. Male Mottled

    Male Mottled

    judging by that bright yellow-green bill with just the one spot of black way back at the gape.
  14. Mottled

    Mottled

    I saw at least one lifer species of Mallard lookalikes this trip - Mottled Ducks. They're a rich, mahogany brown over the back with pale, grey-beige heads, but Mallard colours can vary so the clincher detail is that black spot at the gape. Males and females very similar but for bill colour...
  15. Swimming in the Morning Sun

    Swimming in the Morning Sun

    Mottled duck swimming into early sun.
  16. Mottled Ducks

    Mottled Ducks

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula subsp. maculosa) Sexes very similar but bill color can separate sexes, at least during breeding season. Female left, male right. East end of Galveston Island. Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA. Barrier Island, adjacent to Galveston Bay.
  17. Mottled Duck (male)

    Mottled Duck (male)

    Mottled Duck (Anas fuligula subsp. maculosa) Male, species sexually dimorphic (bill color). South Padre Island Convention Center, South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas, USA. Barrier island on the South Laguna Madre side (bay side). Coastal Prairies and Marshes Vegetational Area, manicured...
  18. Mottled Duck (duckling)

    Mottled Duck (duckling)

    Mottled Duck duckling (Anas fulvigula subsp. maculosa) South Padre Island Convention Center, South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas, USA. Small pond in front of the Convention Center adjacent to Laguna Madre at ca. 1 m (6.6 ft) elevation.
  19. Mottled Duck, hen with satellite transmitter.

    Mottled Duck, hen with satellite transmitter.

    I spotted this Mottled Duck hen hanging with other Mottled Ducks and Mottled X Mallard hybrids. It struck me odd that this duck would have an antenna sticking out of its back. The thought even crossed my mind that it might be radio controlled, but that went away fast when I noticed it feeding...
  20. Mottled Duck (female)

    Mottled Duck (female)

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula subsp. maculosa) Female, sexes very similar but bill color can separate sexes, at least during breeding season. Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA. Mesquite savanna with Tamaulipan Scrub in the South Texas Plains Vegetational Area at...
  21. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    A fly by at Eagle Lakes Park in Naples, Fl.
  22. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    From the bill, I would have to say this is a male. The female has a dark olive bill.
  23. Mottled Ducks & Mallard

    Mottled Ducks & Mallard

    My first Mottled Ducks (lifer #282), a pair of birds with a female Mallard at center, seen at Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  24. Mottled Duck

    Mottled Duck

    Close to a Mallard, but notice the black mark on the gape of the bill and the buffiness of the throat.
  25. Ms. Riverside Park 2013

    Ms. Riverside Park 2013

    Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) Photographed around one of the ponds in Riverside Park, Victoria, Victoria County, Texas, USA. Open park and pond side with scattered trees at ca. 29 m (95 ft) elevation.
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