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Hey Everyone,

 

First time posting so any feedback on formatting or posting these types of questions is appreciated. My son and I have just started birding and building our life list. We saw a duck at Mary Alice park in Cumming Ga on Saturday but it was a way off. We also saw Mallards and a Bufflehead that was much closer. The duck in the image however I can not identify. I have checked through every common Georgia duck and am having trouble with the pattern around the head and neck. Hoping the community can help out.

Details:

January 17, North Georgia, Mary Alice Park, Cumming GA, Temp was around 29 degrees

Dove under the water every few minutes staying under for around 15 -20 seconds.

Black primary color with white neck and belly

Thanks in advance

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Alex and Sakota

 

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Welcome to Whatbird, both of you!  I agree that it's a loon and that I can't tell which one.

Everything about your question is fine except that with pictures like those, it's helpful to crop them so people can see them full size at a glance.  Also, you can upload them directly to the forum instead of linking to them.  But those aren't big deals.

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5 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Welcome to Whatbird, both of you!  I agree that it's a loon and that I can't tell which one.

Everything about your question is fine except that with pictures like those, it's helpful to crop them so people can see them full size at a glance.  Also, you can upload them directly to the forum instead of linking to them.  But those aren't big deals.

Perfect, Thank you for the feedback!

 

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