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Old 11-05-2009, 05:29 PM
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Earlier this season a pair of "ducks" came into our spread perfectly cupped and dropping hard. My buddy shot first, and downed one. I shot second and shot the second but it fell in very thick tall grass on the other side of the bank, and was never retrieved. The duck was smaller, like a teal. Flying about the same speed. It had a very narrow beak that was about three or four inches long. Mostly brownish grey on the back with a white underside. I've looked everywhere and can't ID it. Could it be a gallinule? I have pictures, I'll post them later tonight.
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:29 PM
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First thought was Merganser? I don't know though. I've never shot one or seen on shot on a hunt.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:26 AM
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Looks like a Merganser to me.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:41 AM
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Ive only seen mergansers once, but that looks like it
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:47 AM
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That is a hen hooded merganser.

Here's my buddy with one he killed last year.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:45 AM
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Merganser but not sure if it is a commone merg or a female hooded.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:52 PM
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looks like a hooded merganser
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:38 PM
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this is a hooded
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:38 PM
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this is a common
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:39 PM
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this is a red breasted
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