Old Hen Pintail

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  1. schlag

    schlag Senior Refuge Member

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    DSC_5252_1.jpg Old Hen Pintail. She was here last year but last year I thought it was an immature male as I could never get close enough to confirm and didn't care but now that I know what she is will try to get some better shots
     
  2. mrbill

    mrbill Elite Refuge Member

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    Well, actually, that shot ain't too shabby right there. Looking forward to seeing the "better" pics. Thanks for posting. :tu
     
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  3. The Mad Duck

    The Mad Duck Elite Refuge Member

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    That looks like a funky color phase drake to me
     
  4. schlag

    schlag Senior Refuge Member

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    Check the wing patch and the beak color. And guess what it quacked! And the drakes were digging her. They know the difference.
     
  5. Clayton

    Clayton Moderator Moderator

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    Tranny
     
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  6. MLBob

    MLBob Senior Refuge Member

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    Check the scapulars and neck markings; it's most likely an immature drake. An odd coloration , but a drake nonetheless. And it's a bill not a beak.
     
  7. schlag

    schlag Senior Refuge Member

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    It is a FEMALE!!! It has hormonal issues which is why the plumage is skewed towards male plumage. This is what happens when the ovaries get damaged. This is a semi captive bird. Not clipped or pinioned but free flying and banded. This hen is over 10 years old. She used to lay eggs but not anymore. She refuses to migrate like the majority of the birds in the sanctuary.

    Beak is the same as Bill.
    beak
    bēk/bill, nib, mandible
    "a bird's beak"
     
  8. icebreaker12

    icebreaker12 Elite Refuge Member

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    The wing never lies. It's a female. Very cool shot.
     
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