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Really?  That bill didn't look right.  It looks yellowish orange and thick to me.  I thought it was a cross between a male Common Merganser and a female Northern Shoveler -- haha.

But I trust you guys.  Thanks.

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7 hours ago, Dan P said:

 I thought it was a cross between a male Common Merganser and a female Northern Shoveler -- haha.

I’m not sure how serious you are being here or not, but NSHO x COME has never been recorded. It’s not a known hybrid combo, FWIW.
 

Hybrid should never really be the default thought process. There is lots of variation within species when observing birds. Although ducks are known to hybridize somewhat regularly, it pays to understand variation within a species first and foremost.

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2 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

And distortion can make the bill and other features appear much thicker and larger than it actually is, probably why NSHO x COME was suggested.

And getting to understand how lighting and telephoto lenses affect appearance is critical to IDing birds from such photos.

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4 hours ago, DLecy said:

I’m not sure how serious you are being here or not, but NSHO x COME has never been recorded. It’s not a known hybrid combo, FWIW.

Hybrid should never really be the default thought process. There is lots of variation within species when observing birds. Although ducks are known to hybridize somewhat regularly, it pays to understand variation within a species first and foremost.

Not being serious, but thanks for the advice DLecy.

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