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mystery duck - who am I? by kayaksailor mystery duck - who am I? by kayaksailor
This unknown duck was trying to blend with the multiple mallards on a wider spot of Taylor Creek near Lake Tahoe - all were enjoying the eggs being laid by the spawning Kokonee Salmon

The beak shape and flesh around the eye made me know that it wasn't a common mallard :laughing: ...dark shade made getting this shot a bit of a challenge...maybe a Teal duck?
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:iconerene33:
erene33 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Love the colours!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
they are pretty aren't they?!
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erene33 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Indeed dear Ruth!
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HouseofChabrier Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
No I think it's a male juvenile Wood Duck coming into his grown up plumage!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Yeah, I think that is the agreement :nod: I just forget that these are wild birds up here! Down in southern CA we only saw them IN the zoo :giggle:
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Nice...Ruth.
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Great looking duck, great capture!
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
isn't he pretty?! :love:
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Sashatigress Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Most colorful duck I know is a wood duck. So, that would be my guess.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
:thumbsup: most agree with you :D
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xxStolen-soulsxx Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
perhaps is it a Teal.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
that was my first thought but most agree it is probably a young wood duck
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xxStolen-soulsxx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
possibly.
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HarLeeRider Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Very nice capture Ruth ... he sure is an interesting looking fellow!! :nod: :clap: Lee :heart: :D
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:iconeaross:
eaross Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Mixed wtih a wood duck??
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   General Artist
do you go fishing? fresh Kokonee salmon YUM
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Ruth, It's an immature Male Wood duck! Cool shot!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I forget that wood duck are wild here - in southern CA the only place you saw them was IN the zoo!! :laughing:
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natureguy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well now you know what it is.
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meihua Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Wow, strange lookin' guy! Looks like he is between plumages (perhaps juvenile to adult?) but that is all I can surmise. Wood duck does seem like a possibility though :nod:
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I'd guess an immature male Wood duck. Wonderful picture!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like a molting wood duck.
It's the only duck I know of that has that color of chest feathers.
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1001G Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
if I was a hunter I would know...:)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like Roscoe Q. Duck.. I think he's from 'cleveland
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
He does indeed! But I do believe the Q. Duck's originally hailed from Regina, Canada and only emmigrated to follow cousin Daffy into showbiz. I may be wrong about that--I often am
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds right.. hehe
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