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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2017, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Blonde Drake Mallard Pic

This is the blonde phase drake mallard my friend got this morning while we were hunting on the Allegheny River. I understand it is a rare color phase.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2017, 10:08 PM
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Cool looking duck!
It's always a guessing game when it comes to being able to positively ID these kinda ducks.
Here's a Drake Buff Orpington or Buff.



"BUFF ORPINGTON or BUFF
Buff Orpington ducks are drab ducks named for the buffy coloration of the females. The male has a brown hood and buff body. Buff Orpington also describes a breed of barnyard chicken"
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Your buddy got himself an odd duck.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-26-2017, 10:03 AM
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Was sent that photo yesterday. Wasn’t sure if it was a mallard-farm duck or a leuistic mallard. After seeing the Buff that goose hunter posted would have to say that looks like what it may be. I have handled leucistic mallards before but that one confused me with the darker head. Neat looking bird
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If you look at the farm duck, it doesn't have the darker feathers in the tail, back and wings like the picture you posted, I believe it is a leucistic bird or possibly a hybrid mallard domestic cross.
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It came flying down the river with a flock of mallards right into the decoys.

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Small world, my good buddy Steve was with you guys on that hunt! I was in awe when he sent me the pic that morning...
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Steve and I worked together for several years before he changed jobs.

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One will never really know but if a Buff and a Mallard bread, which I'm sure is possible, I'd bet you'd get that duck. Who knows though. Odd ball for sure.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-08-2017, 06:32 PM
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Drake Buff Orpington, huh, never heard of that one. I don't know many of the farm type ducks. That is a cool looking dude. Congrats to your buddy. I have shot a few different ducks out of flocks that were some kind of farm ducks gone native but never one as pretty as that.
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