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QuackAttack28

Full blown drake?

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Shot my first bufflehead and was wondering if it is full blown? I think it is close, but I don't have much experience with divers so I'm not completely sure.

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most buff's i've shot looked like that. i don't know if you'll ever get one that will be better, and i don't think you'll get many that will be any worse than that.

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It's as good as any bufflehead I've ever held, had to quit one year on them in ND, snuck up on a pond and all that was in it was buffleheads and they dove, they eventually flew to the other end of the pond but I started to equate them to coots lol, now hammering away decoying them would be great fun.

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They are a pretty duck.

I would say that is about as colorful as I have seen one.

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Any drake buffie that isn't a first year bird is going to have brilliant colors like that one. The only way to tell if it is a mature drake is the size and you really need others to compare it to.

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Another way to tell a juvenile bird is to look at it's tail feathers. If the tips are v-shaped, typically it was born that year, if they come to a point, they are older than a year.

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