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Giant duck.

Post by Bfcboyo » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:33 pm

Walking with the wife and spotted a duck with the colours , feet and markings of a duck with other ducks on the bank.

But it was twice the size like a goose. I've googled but there is no recorded circumstance of successful duck and goose breeding although possible.

I couldn't get the phone out fast enough and only managed to get a shot in the water not doing the gargantuan duck justice.

Anybody ever seen a doose or guck before?

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by cricketfield73 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:24 pm

A Shelduck has similar(ish) colouration to a Mallard but closer to the size of a small goose so maybe that's what you saw?

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by Bosscat » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:33 pm

A mate told me about strange crosses they bred in labs back in the 70's...

A cross between a Swan and a Turkey they called it a Swurkey.

A cross between a Wren and a Blue tit, they called it a Writ

They also managed to cross a Fox with a Duck, but couldn't think what to call it.............


Joking aside I think it probably was a Shelduck they are large and like a small goose...
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Post by Gordaleman » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:37 pm

"They also managed to cross a Fox with a Duck, but couldn't think what to call it............."

A Dox? ;)

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Re: Giant duck.

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Post by tim_noone » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:59 pm

David Luiz tonight...against olympiacos tonight.so unlike Him really...gifted the Greeks a winning goal.
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Re: Giant duck.

Post by tarkys_ears » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:01 am

Like that?

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by tim_noone » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:03 am

tarkys_ears wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:01 am
Like that?

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My thoughts...what is that called...

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Post by atlantalad » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:09 am

tim_noone wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:03 am
My thoughts...what is that called...

Err.... a Sitting duck?

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Post by tim_noone » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:11 am

atlantalad wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:09 am
Err.... a Sitting duck?
I was expecting something.....what's a duck do any way?

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Post by Lord Beamish » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:11 am

A Muscovy Duck.
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Post by Long Time Lurker » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:09 am

It could be a possible replacement for Madge

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Post by Damo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:40 am

Didn't someone on here say the local ducks had all been eaten by eastern European people?
Perhaps there are a few stragglers that have grown due to an abundance of food, and no natural predators post Brexit

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Post by Bfcboyo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:57 am

The naff pic.
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Notice the mallard sat in the water just in front. This guy had the green shimmer on his neck and great big yellow duck feet when on the bank. He was the same colour as the younger male ducks and was on the canal near Nelson.

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by bfcjg » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:03 am

Bosscat wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:33 pm
A mate told me about strange crosses they bred in labs back in the 70's...

A cross between a Swan and a Turkey they called it a Swurkey.

A cross between a Wren and a Blue tit, they called it a Writ

They also managed to cross a Fox with a Duck, but couldn't think what to call it.............


Joking aside I think it probably was a Shelduck they are large and like a small goose...
They do similar experiments in Blackburn.
https://images.app.goo.gl/oThB6ABorrbAmYTZ7

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Post by Bfcboyo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:03 am

Yellow feet , beak and white collar with green shimmer . Moved and acted like the other ducks. Head shape like the other ducks. I know the pics rubbish and but for the fully grown duck sat in the water in front of this adolescent monster it wouldn't really show his size.

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Post by Bfcboyo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:05 am

Damo wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:40 am
Didn't someone on here say the local ducks had all been eaten by eastern European people?
Perhaps there are a few stragglers that have grown due to an abundance of food, and no natural predators post Brexit
I shouldn't have mentioned location the Romanians will have him for Lunch. ;)
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Re: Giant duck.

Post by TheFamilyCat » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:18 am

Blame the Norfolk farmers:

"You are a big posh sod with plums in your mouth, and the plums have mutated and they have got beaks. You make pigs smoke. You feed beef burgers to swans. You have big sheds, but nobody's allowed in. And in these sheds you have 20ft high ducks, and these ducks are scared because the don't know why they're so big, and they're going, "Oh why am I so massive?" and they're looking down at all the little duckss and they think they're in an aeroplane because all the other ducks are so small. Do you deny that? No, I think his silence speaks volumes."

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Post by clansman » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:28 am

Love the Alan partridge reference, remember the cow thrown off the bridge at him ..
The photo seems to be a Muscovy crossed with a domestic white goose. Hence yellow feet and bill.

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Post by evensteadiereddie » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:14 am

We had something similar at the marina in Barton. The duck looked as if it had been assembled from leftover bits. It was completely on its own, never part of a bigger group and moved on after about five weeks.
Local experts reckoned it was an escaped ornamental duck, maybe from a National Trust-type country house collection. It happens apparently.

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by ZizkovClaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:22 am

Amateurs!
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Post by Bfcboyo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:22 am

evensteadiereddie wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:14 am
We had something similar at the marina in Barton. The duck looked as if it had been assembled from leftover bits. It was completely on its own, never part of a bigger group and moved on after about five weeks.
Local experts reckoned it was an escaped ornamental duck, maybe from a National Trust-type country house collection. It happens apparently.
This was part of a group . Ornamental ducks dont walk and dive.

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by evensteadiereddie » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:28 am

Very good. :roll:

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Post by ICL » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:50 am

It will be an escapee domestic duck, possibly a Rouen. It may also be a domestic / wild cross. You can never really tell with these ‘manky’ things.

http://10000birds.com/manky-mallards-do ... llards.htm

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Re: Giant duck.

Post by Jakubclaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:12 am

Starting to see more wildlife returning back to the UK or emerging since brexit I've noticed.

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Post by TomtheClaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:06 pm

Its a Cayuga Duck x breed. A Cayuga is a totally black duck with a beetle green sheen. They are often crossed with a Aylesbury which is a white duck.
Normally the x breed will have a white hoop marking round its neck. Males about 3 times size of Common Mallard.
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Post by Buxtonclaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:38 pm

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Think Tom's got it.
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Post by Bfcboyo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:15 pm

TomtheClaret wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:06 pm
Its a Cayuga Duck x breed. A Cayuga is a totally black duck with a beetle green sheen. They are often crossed with a Aylesbury which is a white duck.
Normally the x breed will have a white hoop marking round its neck. Males about 3 times size of Common Mallard.
That's the one , he bright yellow feet and bill but that looks as close as I've seen suggested.

What's it doing in Nelson?

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Post by tarkys_ears » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:44 pm

tim_noone wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:03 am
My thoughts...what is that called...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscovy_duck

Looks like one of those I guess.

I took that whilst out on my bike. It was huge, as big as a goose maybe even a swan.

We've also got (had? - not seen it for a bit) a Mandarin duck in our river.

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Post by rufus lumley » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:45 pm

Ducking and diving!

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Post by Nonayforever » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:01 pm

Bfcboyo wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:15 pm
That's the one , he bright yellow feet and bill but that looks as close as I've seen suggested.

What's it doing in Nelson?
It looked at the local population and thought it was in the tropics ?

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Post by TomtheClaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:27 pm

They are quite sort after in pet market. But very hard to breed. Hence the Male Cayuga crossed with Aylesbury female. Females lay very dark green/grey eggs. Can be almost like a sooty colour. Which disappears when damp but comes back when dry. But very hard to breed that shell colour.
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Post by Bfcboyo » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:27 pm

Americans?

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Post by TomtheClaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:29 pm

tarkys_ears wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:44 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscovy_duck

Looks like one of those I guess.

I took that whilst out on my bike. It was huge, as big as a goose maybe even a swan.

We've also got (had? - not seen it for a bit) a Mandarin duck in our river.
A Muscovy or Barbary duck is actually a type of Goose. Even the females don't Quack

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Post by TomtheClaret » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:36 pm

Bfcboyo wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:27 pm
Americans?
Originally yes. I have 4 breeding trios. All Black females with black feet and bills are expensive. Most don't sell till at least 24 weeks plus, and laying eggs. If lay white eggs not a true breed
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Post by JohnMac » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:22 pm

There's a few of those on Lowerhouse Lodge

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Post by MACCA » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:43 am

4 breeding pairs on queen Victoria park barrowford. only 2 lots sat still enough for me, the pothers were to busy feeding further up.
Not the best pics as was using my phone.

All 8 looked different regards markings, 1 almost all white, 1 all brown.
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Post by Greenmile » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:56 am

Jakubclaret wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:12 am
Starting to see more wildlife returning back to the UK or emerging since brexit I've noticed.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Brilliant.

You’re definitely a parody account.

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Post by evensteadiereddie » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:02 am

The strange-looking duck I mentioned earlier, seen at Barton Marina a few years ago, was - according to an article by a leading local twitcher - not a duck but an australian cape barren goose. Go figure !
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Post by Greenmile » Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:38 pm

Has anyone else noticed how the sun seems to be coming up earlier every day ever since Brexit?

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