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Old 01-07-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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~Waterfowl are certain wildfowl of the order Anseriformes, especially members of the family Anatidae, which includes ducks, geese, and swans~

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~Waterfowl 2012~-p1100850.1.jpg Hooded Mergansers

~Waterfowl 2012~-p1100343.1.jpg and American Coots at Dunkirk Harbor
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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Red-breasted Mergansers in Dunkirk Harbor

~Waterfowl 2012~-p1110058.1.jpg Quack, quack!

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Attachment 27865 Quack, quack!

Attachment 27866 male

Attachment 27867 female
Very nice, one and all...but I really like the open bill on the first pic.
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thanks, dap! We found a great place for duck hunting!
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Did you notice that the open bill occurs with the upper bill raised and the lower bill still horizontal? The head appears to be still in the same upright position. Can it be that the bill is hinged on the upper side?
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thanks, dap! We found a great place for duck hunting!
I like your idea of "duck hunting". ...and you do a great job of shooting them.

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Did you notice that the open bill occurs with the upper bill raised and the lower bill still horizontal? The head appears to be still in the same upright position. Can it be that the bill is hinged on the upper side?

I did notice it had a unique look to it, but now that you mention it, it does look like it.
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Did you notice that the open bill occurs with the upper bill raised and the lower bill still horizontal? The head appears to be still in the same upright position. Can it be that the bill is hinged on the upper side?
That bill was why I posted it cuz otherwise the pic wasn't anything exciting.
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Found two new ducks (for us) in Niagara River from Canadian side today. Will post later.
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That bill was why I posted it cuz otherwise the pic wasn't anything exciting.
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Found two new ducks (for us) in Niagara River from Canadian side today. Will post later.
The open bill made it quite interesting.

Glad you found some "new to you" ducks.
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Drove along the Niagara River today on the Canadian side and saw millions of ducks! Great day!

Since this is the first year we are trying to learn ducks, ID-ing them is not so easy but fun. These gorgeous creatures are Long-tailed Ducks! The second shot is a female; the others are males, in winter plumage.

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WOW I havn't seen one of those in a long time! Stinks being landlocked
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