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#1 sfischer2250

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

I had a fantastic morning in Merritt Island, FL. Need a few identifications though.

Could this be a Eurasian Widgeon? The one in the front with the rust colored head and beige mohawk.

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Not sure of this duck at all!

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And lastly, the duck with the black head and white neck:

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

1. looks like a Eurasian Wigeon, great bird!! (not entirely sure though)
2. Northern Shoveler
3. Northern Pintail

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

Woohoo! All 3 lifers!!

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

Congrats, great ducks there.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

That Bird that you dont know is what I am! A Shoveler! And i can Definitaly confirm your Eurasian Wigeon! Nice bird Especially Florida!

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

I can confirm the last one. A nice bunch of ducks you have there

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:46 AM

Agree with E. Wigeon, N. SShoveler and N. Pintail. Love those Redheads too.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:53 AM

Love those Redheads too.

I'm a bit partial to them myself ;)

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

Do I see a Canvasback in the first shot also?
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

Do I see a Canvasback in the first shot also?


Yes, there appears to be a Canvasback just to the right and behind the Eurasian Wigeon.

Looks like you had a great day at Merritt Island! It's my favorite refuge :)

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:31 PM

Wow! Great photo. I have never had the honor to see so many different ducks. Love them.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:29 PM

Thank you all! There were ducks everywhere! Thrilled to see the Hooded Mergansers, Lesser Scaups, and Blue Winged Teals too. In addition to the ducks, I saw over 30 species including White Pelicans, Avocets, and of course, the Egrets, Herons, Roseates and the usual birds found at MI.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

I actually think the one some are seeing as a Canvasback is just another Redhead Drake. Even looks to have the yellow eye.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

Here is a flock of ducks...not sure of id:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

I actually think the one some are seeing as a Canvasback is just another Redhead Drake. Even looks to have the yellow eye.


I see the eye now. I think you're right about it being another Redhead.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:33 PM

That last photo looks like Lesser Scaup -- you can see on a number of them that there's a white wingstripe that doesn't extend out onto the primaries. I won't pretend to have looked at every individual, though! :P

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

I agree with Lesser Scaup on the last shots. They are definitely the expected Scaup species at MINWR. I've seen rafts of hundreds there.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:38 PM

213 birds in the first scaup picture btw :D

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

What a fun & informative thread. Wish I could go there!
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

Thank you all! There were ducks everywhere! Thrilled to see the Hooded Mergansers, Lesser Scaups, and Blue Winged Teals too. In addition to the ducks, I saw over 30 species including White Pelicans, Avocets, and of course, the Egrets, Herons, Roseates and the usual birds found at MI.


Can I ask where you saw the Avocet? I'm going to be down there Saturday and I've not see one this year!




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