Duck ID

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 13:25
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Can anybody identify this breed of Duck
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Reply By: Member - ROODOO2 - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:03

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:03
Hi Kirks The pale one middle pic is a domestic bird dumped as an easy way of getting rid of it.The problem is most similar breeds are based on Northern (hemisphere) Mallard which cross breed with Pacific Black Duck , the one nearest the water , resulting in native ducks loosing their ability to cope with droughts and floods. I suggest if you have a camp oven the mallard X and camp oven get together over moderate heat for two hours , you will be doing Australian ducks a big favor.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:16

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:16
Hi

There are establish wild populations of the Northern Mallard (introduced to Australian in the 1860's) - so not all are "domestic" pets that have been dumped. Doesn't make them less of a problem though.

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Reply By: Ron A - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:06

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:06
Looks like a Pacific Black Duck to me.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:13

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 14:13
Yes - as Mike points out the bird at the bottom would appear to be a Northern Mallard - ( and possibly a Hybrid = Nth Mallard + Pacific Black Duck (species of bird at top right)). Other bird is a Eurasian Coot.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 16:32

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 16:32
Me too - E. Coot and Black Ducks....both 'common as' in my region - they swarm into city lakes and watercourses where people picnic - quite the bludging scavengers. The bird in the foreground looks like a black duck to me...poor camera angle making the plumage lighter.
They are all probably nice, slow cooked while stuffed with herbs .....maybe a plum sauce when served.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 20:30

Thursday, Feb 02, 2017 at 20:30
Nargh - its a mallard - no doubt.

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Reply By: Glenn C5 - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 06:46

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 06:46
Definitely a coot and Pacific Black Duck. Maybe a female Wood Duck in the fore ground. There's plenty of them around.
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Follow Up By: Member - MIKE.G - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 07:38

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 07:38
After a bit of fiddling with the photo with Lightroom software, it appears that there is Wood Duck in the mix. The other breed could be Black or most likely Mallard, as they will mate with anything that that stays still long enough.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 20:23

Friday, Feb 03, 2017 at 20:23
No - its not a wood duck. Apart from a range of other factors it has no black stripes (or any black whatsoever) on its back. Without this feature its can be eliminated immediately. It's a hybrid mallard. Pretty simple.

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