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#1 Texachusetts

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:35 AM

Rockport Texas late March to see the Whooping Cranes. While photographing Black Skimmers, these were in the picture 1. Ruddy Turnstone in winter plumage?Posted Imageand a Willet in same? Posted Image. Also that trip, common loons in winter plumage? Posted Image and mixed ducks Posted Image. Trying to make a lifelist! Thanks

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:50 AM

I agree with 1-3, and in 4 I see American Wigeons and Redheads. But wait for someone else who actually knows waterbirds to
confirm them :)

EDIT: Checked Whatbird, and those ducks are definitely American Wigeons and Redheads.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:52 AM

I also agree on 1,2,3 and the red heads in 4. Maybe a female wood duck on the far left.

got any more pics of the ducks?

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:54 AM

I agree with all of the above, including redheads and Am. wigeon.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:02 AM

sdearth...I don't think so. I discovered these in the background of a picture of a spoonbill. We did see black-bellied whistling ducks on this trip. They caught us off guard. We had never seen ducks in trees before.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:06 AM

We had never seen ducks in trees before.

I've seen Wood Ducks in trees before. We were at Bombay Hook NWR and there was a sign that said "Wood Ducks: LOOK UP". And guess what was staring down at us? :P

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 04:05 AM

I agree with all the IDs (except Wood Duck) and I think I see a Northern Pintail just right of center (just left of the two male Redheads) in the last pic.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 10:04 AM

Whistling ducks used to be called tree ducks - black-bellied tree ducks.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

I agree with all the IDs (except Wood Duck) and I think I see a Northern Pintail just right of center (just left of the two male Redheads) in the last pic.


Agree with this. No Wood Duck... it is a female Redhead that is on the far left and there is in fact a male Northern Pintail in there as well.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:26 PM

I think there is a pintail in there. Look in the middle of the flock.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:14 PM

Oh yes, Black-bellied "Tree" Ducks do love trees!

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