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Duck ID, Guangxi, China (1 Viewer)

mzwebby

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This morning I was birding on a small reservoir in Baise, Guangxi. I've never seen a duck here before in numerous trips and was surprised to find a lone duck today. The photos are poor, but would appreciate any ideas or suggestions. I'm somewhat unfamiliar with ducks on this side of the world.

In flight the duck showed a blueish speculum bordered by white. The bill was mostly a grayish color from what I could tell.

Thanks,
Mike
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello Mike,

this bird gives a Gargeney feeling to me, please note:
-appearant shape and jizz of one of the "Teals"
Exentsive dark throat and lower head area together with obvious pale supercilium gives a good looking face for this species.
I can imagine seeing a pale spot near the base of the bill in the right shape and size for this species, but Im not sure it isnt an artefact
Gargeney hasa greenish speculum with the right white bordering, but this can appear bluish. More, dependent on age and sex they have greyish-blue wing-coverts
 

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