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Young drake or hen?
« on: January 24, 2021, 03:39:25 PM »
Went out yesterday for a solo kayak hunt.  Saw a lot of bird but they were skitish.  Circle 8-9 times then bug out or land way far out and swim away. I got a few groups and singles to commit.  Got about 6 shots and came home with these three.  The middle one has a lot of green on the top of its head but an orangish bill.  It seems pretty late to see a younger drake but what do I know, Im new to this.   :chuckle:



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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2021, 03:44:13 PM »
From what I have gathered over the years- the bill doesn't lie. The consensus would be that is an old hen mallard. Very common. I guess the hormones go wonky when they get up there in age.

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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 03:50:35 PM »
From what I have gathered over the years- the bill doesn't lie. The consensus would be that is an old hen mallard. Very common. I guess the hormones go wonky when they get up there in age.

Thank you. I posted on a facebook group and two others said the same.  Old hen.  Thats cool.  She came in alone.  Dont know if that matters. 

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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 04:02:49 PM »
The only time I shoot a hen is when I'm certain it's a drake!  :tup:
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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2021, 04:07:03 PM »
The only time I shoot a hen is when I'm certain it's a drake!  :tup:
:chuckle:  Yeah I really thought it was a drake.  The green on the top of the head was pretty bright in the sun light.  When I picked it up I was confused. 

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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2021, 04:30:52 PM »
Due to the current trans gender rage I would say very confused on what it identifies as  :chuckle:
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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2021, 06:01:23 PM »
It looks like a eclipse phase mallard drake. I've seen them in the early season, but you never know what strange things that happen in nature.
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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2021, 06:39:57 PM »

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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2021, 06:57:24 PM »

Thank you.  I have not seen that before.

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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2021, 01:50:47 PM »
Most likely a hermaphrodite (both sex reproductive organs).  Other possibilities are an anatomical female with testosterone overproduction, or an anatomical male with overproduction of female hormones.  I don't think it is an eclipse drake with its seasons messed up because the bill color, head plumage and top white line of the wing patch all show female traits.
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Re: Young drake or hen?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2021, 04:45:30 PM »
Gad mallard?  Aka brewers duck?

 


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