Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday Creature

Here is another duck I spotted at Fall Creek Falls, but I'm unsure about its identity. Perhaps a young canvasback? Help me out here... I didn't get to see if it was a dabbler or a diver...

While you're at it, check out the other creatures on the modulator's ark, and have a wonderful weekend!


7 comments:

John said...

I think it is a really weird (domestic?) mallard. Either that, or a hybrid between a mallard and something else. Its genes are seriously screwed up. My guess is based on the overall body shape, the shape and posture of the head, and the shape and color of the bill. There are some examples of other odd mallards here and here.

alice said...

Whoa. Some of those ducks are really freaking me out.

fletch said...

I don't know my cuts of duck but the photo is very nice. The reflections really frame the subject well.

Keera said...

We have hybrids between mallards and wigeon alla time. In my local pond is also a mutant female mallard. I call her the blonde, because that's what she looks like (one of these days, a pic). Pattern's normal but all her coloring is paler than usual. Doesn't seem that the other mallards have noticed. I'm told that coloring mutations are far more common than we humans realize.

lucy said...

Actually looks to be what is known as leucistic duck. As I understand it - sort a semi-albino condition where some of the feathers that should be colored have no pigment or less pigment. Sort of geeky explanation to be sure. I see them sometimes among large groups of ducks, so I am guessing it is genetic thing. Shallow end of the gene pool, so as to speak.

Charlie Moores said...

Hiya - Just found this photo. Definitely a domestic "manky" Mallard. Nice pic - would you mind if I added it to my manky mallard page at http://www.charliesbirdblog.com/~charlie/mankymallards/mankymallards.html

I'll link back of course. Cheers.

alice said...

Charlie, you're welcome to add it to your page. Thanks for asking!