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Unusual goldeneye

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  1. Ohh2ofowl

    Ohh2ofowl Senior Refuge Member

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    I shot a goldeneye at Lake Erie on Sunday. I will post pictures later. I was wondering if anyone had seen a goldeneye with a brown head and white cheek piece. It has the head and body of a drake but the bill is not that of a drake. It is going on the wall. very strange looking bird. Thanks.
     
  2. Cripplecreek

    Cripplecreek Senior Refuge Member

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    Can you tell if it is a mature drake or could it possibly be a young one?
     
  3. Duck_Slayer

    Duck_Slayer Senior Refuge Member

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    Young drake...that's what I was thinking also...


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  4. Flyfisher

    Flyfisher Elite Refuge Member

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    I would guess it as an immature drake from what I have seen in the field..
     
  5. Birdman

    Birdman Senior Refuge Member

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    Hi,
    Here is one like that.
    Regards,
    Todd Huffman

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  6. Ohh2ofowl

    Ohh2ofowl Senior Refuge Member

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    That looks like it. Have shot or seen shot hundreds of goldeneyes and have never seen one like it. If it is a yound drake why have we not shot one before in over 25 years of shooting goldeneyes at Lake Erie. The group I hunt with have over 150 years experience combined shooting divers and have never seen one like it before.
     
  7. Duck_Slayer

    Duck_Slayer Senior Refuge Member

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    The same reason why some of us go all our lives without shooting a banded duck while others shoot 3 or 4 (or more) every year. It's just being in the right place at the right time IMO.
     
  8. yellowlab04

    yellowlab04 Senior Refuge Member

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    Shot the same looking bird last week on the Ottawa river in Ontario Canada ,I too had not seen this and have shot myfair share of G.eyes I that it was a hen in drag !!!!:tu
     
  9. J Meyer

    J Meyer Senior Refuge Member

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    Here's a picture from a recent hunt. There is only one hen golden eye in the bunch. The rest are immature drakes. We have shot quite few like this. Not to uncommon in my neck of woods.
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  10. Pedro64

    Pedro64 New Member

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    I've never seen them before either but shot 3 out of the same flock!

    I used Todd Hoffman with birdmanstuduios.com he does amazing work!!
     

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