Can anyone identify this duck?

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Found this guy in southeastern MA the other day... can't figure out who he is.. thought that little black line on his chest would be a ringer.. molting coat (?) but perhaps my ID skills need some work? Also included a closeup of the friend he was hanging out with in case that helps... Thx for your help!

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Just by looking at the size of it, I would put it in the goose category. My guess is that it's a domestic gone that got loose with maybe some cross-breeding added to the mix.
 
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That makes a lot of sense... it does seem rather large! Guess I didn't discover a new species or find a western Europe migrant eh? :)
 
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I don't think it's a goose as that looks like a duck beak, just compare it to the beaks of those Mallard hens
it's hanging out with... Also there are small geese and large ducks so size isn't an absolute indicator...

My first thought is a domestic/wild cross breed...

I guess 'Love' knows no bounds...! :wink: :biggrin:

Cool shots, Pesto...! :smile:
 

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Variation of the Rouen Domesticated duck, not pure, but pretty close. Hard to tell with your lighting.

I had several down on my farm, and raised them from ducklings. This shot in late evening golden light. In the middle of the day they appear almost black at times like your photo of your drake. I estimate your age of your bird at about 8 months based upon the beak color. They turn more yellow as they get older and breeding seasons. They hang out with all sorts of wild ducks. Generally don't fly unless there is a strong head wind.

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Thanks Commodore - it does strike a great resemblance to your drake photo... I think it is safe to say that must be it!

Thx for the kind words Wizard... the lighting wasn't that great as the sun was shining right into the camera and the birds were hiding a bit in the shadows... I was also zoomed to about 400mm (with an add'l 1.3x from the D7100) with a pretty good headwind making it hard to keep the camera from shaking. These are also cropped further in PP..

All in all - I'm pretty ok with the images!

Appreciate the help.. mystery solved!
 

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