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AgentOrange

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UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« on: November 28, 2004, 01:20:05 pm »
Whilst walking in Stanborough Park yesterday I saw a most unusual duck. It was hanging around the mallards, but instead of the males bottle green head and brown / grey body it was bottle green / purple all over. The beak was grey / white rather than orange. It was also the same size as a mallard. My book of European birds has been defeated on this. Has anyone got any suggestions as to what it could be?
 

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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2004, 12:03:52 pm »
Try and cut down on the shandy's!!
 

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2004, 12:55:11 pm »
Oh the wit, the repartee, the intelligence! It makes me wonder that whenever an intelligent, serious question is raised on this website it soon degenerates into this sort of meaningless tripe. As a responsible adult I was stone cold sober at 1030 on a Sunday morning taking my 2 boys for a walk. I could ask you to retract your remark or else I will come after you with a writ for libel. But I won't. Instead I suggest that you go back to your alcohol laden compound before the Taliban come and take you away for a good whipping for degeneracy!

Now are there any serious bird watchers out there who could answer this question?
« Last Edit: November 29, 2004, 01:13:10 pm by AgentOrange »
 

DubaiDebbie

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2004, 01:16:33 pm »
Gosh! What venom. Sorry.  :(
 

AgentOrange

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2004, 01:31:45 pm »
Apology accepted. Don't make aspersions you can't support or assume that everyone behaves like you. Any real answers to this question out there?
 

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2004, 01:43:45 pm »
Now you were almost gracious then but your patronising 'advice' meant I had to retort. It was a JOKE about the shandies. Of course I wasn't really accusing you of drinking - I don't even know you!!!
Look on the bright side - I'm keeping your question at the top of the forum!!!
 

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2004, 07:03:17 pm »
The nearest I can find is a New Zealand Scaup which is a Pochard, which seems unlikely as it is only found in New Zealand.
 

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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2004, 03:40:16 pm »
My brother is very knowledgable about birds and said

"Fraid not - too vague a description to be certain!  Sounds like an
aberrant mallard - if it was exactly the same shape as well as the same
size.  Aberrants of mallard are common."

Any good? If you take a photo it will be easier to identify.

I would normally make a joke about a duck, but decided it is best not to!


 

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2004, 08:42:04 pm »
The duck in question is almost certainly a hybrid, as commonly found in farmyards and waterfowl collections. As such it would not feature in any guides to wild birds.

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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2004, 02:30:09 am »
Dear Agent Orange,

Part of the fun of this website is that people can reply to posts in an amusing way.  It's not all serious! I cannot understand how you can get so wound up about Debbie saying something that was so clearly in jest.

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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2004, 01:51:32 am »
The Americans have an expression " If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck."
Does that help?
 

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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2004, 10:14:42 am »
Not necessarily, could be a pigeon in disguise
 

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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2004, 05:07:27 pm »
It was most probably an empty bottle of Ribena.


 

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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2004, 01:33:43 am »
Awww Agent Orange, we love you really, you just need to chill a little and don't take life so seriously, I hope you have a fantastic Christmas xx :)
 

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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2004, 07:22:36 pm »
I had hoped that the village website would be a useful facility: a forum where questions could be asked that were not asked elsewhere, where answers could be sought from local people of a similar ilk and with similar interests. Alas it appears to be nothing more than the electronic equivalent of the local pub with all its limitations. If you want pub talk, try a pub (or come back to the UK to try one if you insist on gloating about how wonderful life is in the Gulf but can't get away from Blighty habits). Theres a place for humour: I asked a serious question and I got a silly reply. If I want the usual wisecrack answers from the pub bores, I'll ask in the pub. Lighten up? Some ought to get out of the pub and try looking at the world around them - there is a lot going on!
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2004, 12:31:18 am »
Thing is that this is a public forum and within the constraints of the law people are entitled to their own opinions and attitudes.
Best thing to do if a post offends is to ignore it and not get upset
Charisma transplant comes to mind, but thats only my opinion.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2004, 10:13:29 pm »
I think your problem is that, in fact, no one out there knows what this bird is, and they are making light-hearted comments to cover the fact!!  
As mentioned earlier, by someone else, it may well be a hybrid - certainly this is very common over here in NZ.   :)
 

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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2004, 12:33:11 pm »
I suggest you contact the local RSPB group in Potters Bar. Web site is http://www.pottersbar-rspb.org.uk   Think you'll find a more sensible answer there. PS I agree with your comments. It is frustrating and sad to think that a large number of replies on forum topics are from people that think it is the place to have a laugh at other peoples expense; why don't they start their own joke site if that's what they want. If they put the same energy into trying to be more helpful perhaps we would find more people using the forum instead avoiding posting new subjects. Anyway, on a lighter note Merry Christmas to ALL readers. ;)
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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2004, 03:43:23 pm »
Excuse me, but this is a public web site, is it not?
From my experience, the public come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and all have different personalities - I speak from great experience having worked in the public domain for some 30 years.
Surely, Agent Orange, it should not come as a surprise to get some witty comments from the general public as not everyone takes everything in life seriously - we are all different.
If you want a serious answer to a serious question, ask a professional and not the public unless you can handle the publics response.
If you must ask the great British public a question and dont understand them, before you get the answer...........................DUCK
MERRY CHRISTMAS.
 

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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2004, 07:08:02 pm »
Blimey, who rattled your cage :) :) :) :)
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« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2004, 02:14:12 pm »
 
..............And a Partridge in a Pear Tree
 

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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2004, 03:31:53 pm »
Great response Neville.  I'm with you on this.  

If one puts oneself up for ridicule, one must expect to be ridiculed.

The spotters of odd birds amongst us need to lighten up.

Merry Christmas.      
 

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« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2004, 03:37:41 pm »
It's funny how there hasn't been a correct answer but this is still at the top of the list
;D
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« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2004, 03:52:27 pm »
Pay attention Bob. If you read the above you will see that it is likely to be an abbarant mallard - some kind of hybrid!!!
:)
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Re: UNUSUAL BIRD..HELP PLEASE
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2004, 09:08:56 pm »
Sounds serious
 

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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2004, 11:53:57 pm »
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Pay attention Bob. If you read the above you will see that it is likely to be an abbarant mallard - some kind of hybrid!!!
:)
Merry Christmas

It's still only a guess Neville, not confirmed as yet
::)
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« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2005, 03:20:35 pm »
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It's funny how there hasn't been a correct answer but this is still at the top of the list
;D


I think the question has been answered. Maybe the answer is correct but without a photograph it cannot be confirmed.
:)
 

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