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#1 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:59 AM

All of these pictures were taken on 6/26/12 from the Swan Creek / Cox Creek north and south dredge cells on the Chesapeake in Maryland. The images are all terrible, so forgive me in advance. The combo of high wind and long distances was not kind to me. Some of these are actually the same bird(s) but I wanted to give you all the info I can. I am quite puzzled at this point because I can reasonably convince myself that they ducks in question are mallards, american black ducks, or northern shovelers.

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And while I'm at it, I will throw in an even more pathetic image for analysis from todays adventure. I never saw the birds in question until I was reviewing images tonight so they didn't even get the benefit of being focused on. Regarding the two black blobs behind the gulls, a) can you see them being anything other than gadwall and B) would you be comfortable enough with your id to add it to your records as seen?

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Thank you very much for your help!

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:11 AM

I'm seeing Mallards, and your blur seems to have the body pattern of a Ring-necked Duck, but I am far from saying for sure that's what they are.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:31 AM

I would have to agree with creeker the first set seem to be mallards, but I wouldnt want to even guess on the last pair!

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 11:37 AM

I agree with creeker on both.

#5 Benjamin DeHaven

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:48 PM

Thank you all! I guess desire to see something new and too much time in the sun strike again!

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:15 PM

The one flapping it's wings is a Gadwall, and the left bird in the first two shots may be as well. Otherwise, I agree with Creeker - Mallards and possibly Ring-necked.




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