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Ducks and a kingfisher
« on: September 21, 2022, 12:04:28 PM »
Any Duck hunters or aficionados that can help me identify the species that has started frequenting my little woodland pond? I caught them on video this morning briefly.

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 05:20:33 PM »
Jeff,

   From the looks on that kingfisher's face he was asking "Where's that catfish I left here at the start of the summer? He should be big enough to eat by now." :D

    I love to watch our local kingfishers but they are pretty camera shy and its hard to get a good picture of one.

    I'm not good at duck ID. I grew up in N. Fla and about all we ever had there were wood ducks.
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2022, 09:04:51 PM »
Wood ducks that you could hear, looks like a cool spot for a trail cam on that stump😊 Iím sure deer and bear also use it 

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2022, 09:34:17 PM »
I was gonna say canvas backs, but that was a long view and I am not a duck hunter. That was my Pop and he loved it. He would leave the house at 4am in the season, spend a couple of hours in his blind with some buddies, then go to the shop at 8:30 and change into a suit.
 Anyway, I am going to up my prior suggestion: You need a bench, a game cam, and a duck blind by that pond. There are few things better than a good roasted smoked duck. Just sayin'.
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2022, 09:57:23 PM »
I went down to put out a trailcam and snuck up behind that stump and got a couple pictures. Wood ducks! I hope to get some video.



 

 
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2022, 10:32:29 PM »
That is a different colored Wood Duck that I have ever seen. ??
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2022, 04:26:10 AM »
Pretty cool to see. We had a Wood Duck that had a little family of five that she raised up on our pond this year until they were big enough and then they all left. Itís a good feeling that your providing some great natural habitat and get to watch rewards of nature. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2022, 08:42:06 AM »
You got some ducks in that little pond.
Talk about being at the right time, at the right place with that king fisher.
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2022, 11:25:44 AM »
The kingfisher is a Belted Kingfisher. The ducks that flew off were hard to get a good look at, but maybe woodies. The wood ducks are transitioning from breeding plumage so they look different.  Ducks in eclypse plumage can give you fits. Wood Ducks have a fairly visible white eye ring. Toward the end of the video was a pair of ducks that appear to be mallards. Wood Ducks often make a sort of squeal call when they fly away.

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2022, 01:44:14 PM »
I agree, they don't look like any wood ducks I've ever seen down here. Perhaps blue winged teal. As mentioned, wood ducks make a sound like peeeeeep, peeeeep when flying almost like a high pitched squeal. 

We love to have ducks frequent our pond too. Used to love duck hunting with a passion. Now just watch them fly. I do miss the duck roasted rare with apple slices, and a little Madeira though 😋😋!

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2022, 04:34:12 PM »
Wood duck flank feathers are the best for fly tying. Always trying to find more. 
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2022, 04:45:34 PM »
I've never hunted duck. Ever, so I don't know for sure, but I bet that would be a kettle of fish if I wanted to shoot one. Probably all sorts of mystery regulations.
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2022, 05:00:43 PM »
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2022, 08:58:05 PM »
In my opinion, Woodies are the best tasting/eating ducks.

I did much searching trying to make an identification but I never considered seasonal coloration or molting but it seems kinda late for that.  My first thought was Woodies but I still can not match the feather coloration on the hen or the drake.
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2022, 10:30:22 PM »
I am still failing at getting footage. I have noted a dramatic drop in the frog and minnow population
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2022, 10:37:58 PM »
OH, that has to be global warming.
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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2022, 10:47:00 PM »
I followed a kingfisher around a river for a while this spring but could never get close enough to get a decent picture, I tried paddling in a direction so I could drift towards it quietly but could only get within 500' of it. 

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2022, 02:23:55 PM »

Our pond has become a Wood Duck rendezvous point. They appear to be feasting on the minnows and frogs, of which there were thousands. Very cool to witness this circle of life that exists in our little woodland pond.

I had a heck of a time getting any footage of these guys, as I think they actually post sentries!

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« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2022, 02:49:56 PM »
Those Woodies are a beautiful sight. 
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