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|Who Am I? I came across this bird while walking around Stow Lake in the Golden Gate Park. This was a very unique encounter since I had never seen this species of bird anywhere in the park. I am not an ornithologist or bird watcher, so all I could tell is that it is some type of goose or duck. I tried looking it up on the internet, but was not successful. Can anyone help me with this? If you can, please give me the common and scientific name for this little guy. I also submitted a cropped image of the bird in my workshop to see if it might help. Thank you, 06/14/2009.|
My thanks go out to Greg, Niek and Robert for coming to my rescue. As you can see, I have given this bird his well deserved name: Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata). Thank you,
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I think this may be a Muscovy duck. It has a crest that is rarely photgraphed. Coloration is odd for a Muscovy but they do range from black to white. The face is quite similar to a Muscovy.
I believe that Greg has ID-ed it correctly. Unfortunately its a domestic version of the Muscovy duck so not allowed on TN.
Hi Gary, intresting capture,
the duck is very definatly a Muscovy, I do not have my diffinative book on wild ducks to hand, but if I rember correctly the true species ouccours up through central America and up into California, so it is possible that it is a wild one..
What helps its case is the crest and the slimness of the general build of this duck. the domesticated one is generally of a heavier build having been selected for meat production, and usually more colourful.
If it is a true Muscovy then if I rember right this is possibly only the second one posted to TN, and believe me I have looked at alot of them in my capasity as moderator to TN since we started the site.
if I was to make a slight comment on the image it would be to say the beak could do with some of the highlights there darkening back a fraction, possibly with the burn tool set to 0% hardness (softest edge possible) and tohighlights and 9% strenght.
Thank you for sharing yours Robert