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Unknown distant ducks in NC outer banks

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I don't know if these ducks are identifiable, but seems that they might be just by the color pattern.  You can see by the first photo that they were quite distant.  I cropped the pics heavily in the next two pics to show what detail I could pick up.  Couldn't make out any detail with my binocs.  Looks like they have maybe brown heads, black throats and a longer bill.  I thought of Pintail because of the bill and  brown head, but they have a white throat.  Not sure what else would fit.  I just can't come up with anything else off the top of my head.

 

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Definitely an Aythya, a.k.a. ”bay duck” of some sort.
The coloration - brown heads you point out, grayish bodies, black breasts - these are Redheads or Canvasbacks.

Head and bill shape looks like Redhead to me. Not the long, sloping forehead and bill like a Canvasback.

Pretty sure they’re Redheads.

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Extreme crop on a female Redhead, note the head/bill shape, grayish brown coloration, paler spots on throat and around eye.

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Thanks to you both.  Redheads and Canvasbacks are quite rare where I live in S VT, so these are birds that I don't readily recognize.  I did get some much closer shots of both a couple days ago in MD on the way down here.  The head and bill shape do match Redhead, and now that I look the color patterning does as well.  Wish they were closer for better shots.

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