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Hen Mallard....kinda

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  1. GCBLKLAB

    GCBLKLAB Senior Refuge Member

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    Mounted this recently for a friend. She was goin thru the change ;)


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  2. nebs

    nebs Elite Refuge Member

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    Very nice mount, I really like the position:tu Did it have that color of bill when shot?
     
  3. DocRay

    DocRay Elite Refuge Member

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    Excellent mount! :)

    This is off topic but about what "age" do mallard drakes begin to get their yellow bill color? During our five day early duck season we killed 3-4 mallards that looked about like drakes but had hen to almost hen colored bills. I'm about pretty sure they were local hatches and obviously weren't anywhere near colored out but I thought bill color was pretty well consistant year round...
     
  4. Band Fanatic

    Band Fanatic Elite Refuge Member

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    That is not a hen mallard. The yellow bill is a dead give-away! That is a drake coming out of eclipse plumage!

    Very neat mount none-the-less! Fine work!
     
  5. Rick Acker

    Rick Acker Senior Refuge Member

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    Are you serious??? Nope, you are wrong! That is not an eclipse bird...that much I can tell you! My guess would be a Brewers Duck, Mallard/Gadwall.
     
  6. Band Fanatic

    Band Fanatic Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes, I'm serious! That is all it is! Definitely not a Brewer's...not even close!
     
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    Band Fanatic Elite Refuge Member

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    Here's a 100% Brewer's
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    Band Fanatic Elite Refuge Member

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    Oh.....and by the way......you're wrong!:amen
     
  9. GCBLKLAB

    GCBLKLAB Senior Refuge Member

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    Easy guys, this is for fun remember! The bill color I airbrushed and it is actually more orange on the sides than the pic shows....may be my poor lighting. Anyway, bird was a late seaon and kill, and when I skinned it out I checked and he was a she....no unit if ya know what I mean :yes
    Actually a small bird too, more bout the size of a gaddy than a mallard.
     
  10. Band Fanatic

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    If the bill was orange I would agree, but the bill definitely appears to be yellow in the photos!

    Some hens, as they grow older, lack proper estrogen levels causing them to appear "drake-like", but they will ALWAYS carry their orange/black blotched beaks which this one clearly doesn't have IMO!
     

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