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ishootbambi

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Pothole Ducks
« on: May 20, 2011, 02:51:28 PM »
looks like there should be a good crop of waterfowl this year.  every low spot on the prairie is a puddle right now, and every one is loaded with birds.











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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2011, 06:01:47 PM »
Man I love the look of a drake sprig

Hopefully should be able to get out this year a bit more 8)
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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 03:50:00 PM »
Bambi, Great Pics.  Good looking ducks.  Got any more?  The Canvasbacks are my favorite.

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 11:54:38 PM »
i got a new camera after getting whined at so much last fall over poor pics.  i have been taking lots to get used to what it can do.  i got a few more species today at work, but its late.  ill post em up tomorrow.
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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011, 08:17:42 AM »
What kind of duck is that last Pic? Cool looking duck. I ain't a duck hunter. LOL

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2011, 08:26:44 AM »
The first and the last pictures are of pintail drakes.  Dale is teaching me how to post pictures, so more should be coming right away.

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2011, 05:18:06 PM »
I want one of those Bull Cans on my wall real bad!  Plan on killing a few in Washington next January.  Fingers crossed.

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2011, 05:41:55 PM »
Great pics Dale & Robin.   Which one is that Nube??? Is it the last pic?
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Last pic is a Ruddy duck.  Kind of neat with the blue bill but nothing I want on my wall. 

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2011, 12:17:06 AM »
Great pics Dale & Robin.   Which one is that Nube??? Is it the last pic?

Dale says thanks.  He has been snapping pictures at work the last week.  He says he would get more if it wasn't so hard to stop a 60 ton B-train.  He is telling me the names of all these ducks, but I can't make sense of it.  He has a few more on the camera that he will put up I'm sure.  He has one that even he doesn't know the name of.  Maybe someone here will recognize it?

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2011, 11:37:05 PM »
well, i have a couple pics of a bird im unsure of?  i think its a grebe of some sort, but the pic isnt as clear as id like.  what do you guys think?





and i also got pretty close to this new family....but i know what they are, lol.

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2011, 11:45:07 PM »
the other day i got a pm asking if the pics posted earlier are in fact of canvasbacks or redheads.  well, they are canvasbacks for sure.  the redheads in spring will look similar, but have a more grayish back and a more rounded head with a tipped bill.

youve seen the canvasback, and today i caught up to a redhead in a good spot for pics.  this guy and his lady duck friend were at the college pond in medicine hat.






and in a rare stroke of luck, i managed to get the two cousins in the same frame.





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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2011, 01:07:00 PM »
Dale, yes it is a Grebe.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Little_Grebe_(Tachybaptus_ruficollis)-_Breeding_plumage_W2_IMG_8770.jpg

There are a ton of different types of Grebes.  I don't know much about them at all.  I belive they are a protected birds though.
I love the Redheads.  I have a great spot I can shoot piles of them off of a big lake.  We have killed a few banded ones.  They do look a little like the Canvasback but the head shape and body color give it away easily.  Great pics.  Keep them coming if you find a few other species out there. 

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2011, 01:28:14 PM »
I want one of those Bull Cans on my wall real bad!  Plan on killing a few in Washington next January.  Fingers crossed.

I have a great spot for them in Oct       I have helped a few people get there can for the wall

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2011, 02:03:34 PM »
After seeing birds in January there is no way a bird in an Alberta season is worth mounting unless you get one in December and it might be good enough.  Our birds really don't have time to grow the feathers out I don't think.  I find most Divers head south real fast as well so they are a bit hard to find late. 

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2011, 02:28:18 PM »
After seeing birds in January there is no way a bird in an Alberta season is worth mounting unless you get one in December and it might be good enough.  Our birds really don't have time to grow the feathers out I don't think.  I find most Divers head south real fast as well so they are a bit hard to find late.
yes they do look alot nice   later in the season.     I might have to join you on that trip

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2011, 07:22:33 PM »
i havent been out as much the last week and a half, but the times i have, ive seen a few species not represented in this thread.  i hope to get a few more, but if anyone else has some pics, by all means throw em up.

incidentally nube, the first duck i ever shot was a drake canvasback.  he didnt have those colors though and i needed the chart to identify it.
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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2011, 08:38:48 AM »
We have shot a few of them over the years at camp but like you said the first time or 2 it takes a bit to figure out what they are.  Even the Redheads we shoot in the one spot I have that are fully colored are not even close to a late bird in January in the U.S.  We just don't keep the birds around here long enough to get real good feather.  They might get it by December but the fact is that most birds are gone by then. 
I hope to add a few more this year to the wall. 
Ducky, said it before that I could use a guide this fall.  HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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Re: Pothole Ducks
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2011, 12:51:10 PM »
We have shot a few of them over the years at camp but like you said the first time or 2 it takes a bit to figure out what they are.  Even the Redheads we shoot in the one spot I have that are fully colored are not even close to a late bird in January in the U.S.  We just don't keep the birds around here long enough to get real good feather.  They might get it by December but the fact is that most birds are gone by then. 
I hope to add a few more this year to the wall. 
Ducky, said it before that I could use a guide this fall.  HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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