Feb 03 2012

Friday Quiz: Bottoms Up

Published by at 7:30 am under Quiz

Charlie Hickey found these ducks in Delaware last month.

Can you identify them with their bottoms up?

Leave a comment with your answer.

(photo by Charlie Hickey)

8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Friday Quiz: Bottoms Up”

  1. Lars Muelleron 03 Feb 2012 at 7:59 am

    American Wigeon (Anas americana)?

  2. Sharon Leadbitteron 03 Feb 2012 at 9:31 am

    Wood Ducks maybe?

    Personally I would’ve named it “Duckus Moonicus” … ;-)

  3. Joshon 03 Feb 2012 at 11:05 am

    My best guess is Northern Shoveler. (They had SO MANY of them at Bombay Hook when I visited over Thanksgiving break I couldn’t believe my own eyes.)

  4. mason4saloon 03 Feb 2012 at 12:34 pm

    harlequin ducks?

  5. Barbon 03 Feb 2012 at 1:31 pm

    American Black Duck?

  6. Mary Ann Pikeon 03 Feb 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This is going to sound odd, but Mallards, maybe?

  7. Kate St. Johnon 03 Feb 2012 at 3:00 pm

    And the answer is…
    Josh is right.
    Charlie saw the ducks with their heads up & identified them as Northern Shovelers.

    I guessed Northern Shoveler based on the male’s botTom (front left), but the females (the two in the back) look enough like mallards that they could be. The real mystery is the front right bird. I wonder if that’s what an immature male looks like… ?

  8. Joshon 03 Feb 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t mean to gloat but . . . WOOHOO! Shovelers are my all-time favorite Duck. They’ve got big noses just like me ;)

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