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Reb,

Got to thinkin' after we left that the drake is possibly a Eclipsed Drake Mallet. After doing some checkin' it appears to be so. Can't remember ever seeing one this late in the season.

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I tend to agree with ya, aint any bigger than that hen either.....did it have any curl on the tail?

I've never seen one this time of year.
 

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is that just a form of mallard or another species.
 
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[rquote=1508988&tid=105229&author=Pastor]is that just a form of mallard or another species.[/rquote]
It is a mallard. Its just a young mallard, probably a late hatchling. I killed a young one like this also this year
 

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No curl defined curls, had one that was starting to turn up.

It's a moulting phase, when their in their non-breeding phase the drakes tend to take on more of the brown colors of the hen. The way I understand it the younger drakes may take longer to get out of the eclipse phase then the older more experienced drakes.
 

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da blue racer strikes again:cheers:
 

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last monday i shot one of those at grand pass. the belly of the duck was totally a hen....the other guys said it was a juvenile......

the guy doing the avian flu sample thought it was an interesting duck also...is there something special about them or are they pretty common.
 

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killed one like that on friday down here in Arkansas. real small duck...we assumed it was a juvenile. real skinny neck and the curl was just one feather and barely there.
 
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