Identifying domestic ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ospr3y, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Ospr3y

    Ospr3y New Egg

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    Hi all,

    I am a birder (aka "birdwatcher), but am very interested in domestic duck and geese breeds (live on backyard farm, parents are active BYC members). I often try to help folks identify the domestic/feral fowl they see on birding forums and whatnot. However, I'm afraid I may be misidentifying some breeds. I have an understanding, albeit somewhat vague, of domestic breeds and their appearance, but I have trouble differentiating some (e.g. Swedish and Duclair, Pilgrim and Emben).
    Is it alright if I post links here every so often in request of help identifying domestic duck and goose breeds?

    Thanks,
    Liam
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm sure everyone would love to assist you in identifying the breeds of the pictures you post.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    And welcome to the Duck Forum!

    I enjoy the challenge of identifying ducks. And there are people here who have a wealth of knowledge about breeds and genetics.

    I think the Goose Forum would be helpful with geese, and at the same time we have a number of duck people who are good people, too.

    What's your avatar?
     
  4. Ospr3y

    Ospr3y New Egg

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    Thank you! I appreciate the warm welcome!

    I look forward to posting. :)


    It's a Heermann's Gull from Montage Laguna, California, last Summer. One of the coolest gulls, imo!
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Gulls are so diverse! I can just about keep up with the northeast woodland birds (since that's where I live), the shorebirds I am not as well versed in, though I love seeing them. When we travel to the coast, it's a whole new world of birds. Once, we stood next to a field that had, by my conservative estimate, thousands of snow geese, over five thousand, probably. The sound was indescribable, all those geese talking to each other, and then when they all took off . . . . phew.
     
  6. Ospr3y

    Ospr3y New Egg

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    All the shorebirds (Gulls, Terns, Sandpipers, etc) are all very difficult even for experts! The plumages of different species are often very similar and gulls have four different cycles they molt through before they reach adulthood!
    Snow Geese are beautiful birds! Lucky you to encounter such a breathtaking flock!
     
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    Sjhe looks like my campbells nix the pom poms.
     
  9. ducksliketoswim

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    The geese are migrating through my area right now, this is a bad picture I took with my phone, but you can kind of see all the geese. Its crazy how much there are!


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  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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