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Duck, Comb (Knob-billed)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:40 pm

Have seen these extremely shy ducks in a vlei on the gravel road from Orpen to Talamati on Wednesday. The male flew away into the tall grasses.
Think it might be Garganey??? What do you think?
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:06 am

Looks like Imm. Comb Duck.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby JoelR » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:59 am

Rusty Justy wrote:Looks like Imm. Comb Duck.

Yup, most potential Garganeys end up as Comb Duck like this one.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby deefstes » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:19 am

The duck definitely is a juvie Comb Duck. They are notorious for impersonating Garganey but the bulgy bill gives it all away. Garganey is a very dainty looking duck, more like Yellow-billed or African Black Duck in terms of their general shape and size.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:40 pm

Thanks Deefstes, JoelR and RJ for the id's!
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Re: Duck: Comb (Knob-billed)

Unread postby RainHard » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:53 pm

Hi All,

i have not see any reference to the very bright yellow spot that the males have near their vents. This isn't indicated in any of my books but I see it in a few of the pictures posted here.

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Re: Duck: Comb (Knob-billed)

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:26 pm

Hi RainHard,

Interesting point, but I found it now illustrated in Roberts (A5 Fieldguide) as well as in the text. Nothing as you say in Sasol...

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Re: Duck: Comb (Knob-billed)

Unread postby Sprocky » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:19 pm

Here is a sequnce of pics taken yesterday at Sable Dam.

Just for your info, it carries an age restriction of PG18!


While floating along, minding my own business, out the corner of my eye I spot this babe...
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...after a few seconds serious thought, I made a move on her...
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...once I had her, I took her for a short trip...
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...not much later I tried a real move on her...
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...with my charm it didn't take too long and we were at it...
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...she didn't hang around very long, but I wash real chuffed!!!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby skywalker2251 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:45 am

Can someone identify this bird for me?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:23 am

skywalker2251 wrote:Can someone identify this bird for me?

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Thank you.

Knob-billed Duck I think
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby pantera leo » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:22 am

Agree with joshilewis, Knob-billed Duck Male! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:03 am

what a chance to saw a Knob-Duke :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Johan N » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:25 pm

I need assistance with this ID please - the closest I get is the female Cape Shovellor but it doesn't have a white line through the eye. The area is also a problem since this was taken in greater Kruger.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:29 pm

:big_eyes:

Where in Greater Kruger?

(This one is scary!...No idea!)

But a goose! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby davejenny » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:24 pm

It looks like a female Comb Duck, formerly called Knob-billed Duck.

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