Identifying the birds I photographed around Lake Parker has been a most enjoyable endeavor. A good photograph displayed on the monitor has been quite helpful while referring to the bird identification guides. In the case of this pair of ducks, positive identification has eluded me.
The female, to the left, displays feather and bill markings consistent with a Mallard hen but the drake remains somewhat of a mystery to me. The bill coloration and markings are consistent with an American Black Duck as is the body coloration while the dark green stripe on the head is not. My best guess after quite a bit of research is that it is a Black Duck/Mallard cross. What ever they are I found them to be a pretty pair of ducks in a great natural setting, perfect for another Southern Country Capture.
If anyone can positively identify this duck I would certainly appreciate your comment.