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Unknown Duck

Observed: 20th June 2013 By: sugaralliesugarallie’s reputation in Birdssugarallie’s reputation in Birdssugarallie’s reputation in Birds
Unknown Duck
Description:

When I looked through my binoculars I thought at first this was a mandarin but when I looked at this very distant photo of it I wasn't sure what it was. I would appreciate any help with ID.

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Mandarin

It looks like a drake starting to go into eclipse plumage, which ducks adopt through the summer months to camouflage themselves, at a time when they are moulting and flight is more difficult.

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Thank you

Thank you for the ID and information.