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Black Ducks ? (1 Viewer)

Potatoheaded Bobby

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Canada
Hi all,
Need your opinions on these two. I believe they are both Black Ducks.
Found this morning at 'Professor's Lake' in Brampton Ontario.
Thank you in advance.
Detlef
 

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connorco

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United States
These both definitely have Black Duck genes in them. Both of these birds look pure to me, but I don't have too much experience with ABDU hybrids.
 

nartreb

Speak softly and carry a long lens
Second photo (male) is about as pure-looking an ABD as you're likely to find.

First photo has significantly paler plumage and an odd bill color... mostly OK for a female ABD but I'd assume some mallard genes in there too.
 

Potatoheaded Bobby

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Canada
Thank you gents. Just got back from trying to get better pictures of them, but they appear to have moved on. These were seen on my daily trek so I will keep an eye out for them.
Thanks again
Detlef
 

Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
If you see them in flight, or flapping their wings, take note of whether or not the speculum has conspicuous white borders. Pure Black Ducks won't.
 

Potatoheaded Bobby

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Canada
As it happens Larry, I caught this image in bad light. Same duck as one of the above.
So are you saying that this duck might be a cross-breed?
 

Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
As it happens Larry, I caught this image in bad light. Same duck as one of the above.
So are you saying that this duck might be a cross-breed?

Looks even better for Black Duck, from what can be seen now of the upperwing (no prominent white bar). And the really white underwing is good too :t:
 

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