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By strokebloke  
Has anyone ever seen a drake like this before?
It looks as if it has bits of mallard in it, but other than that I think it was the spawned from a feather duster.
I've certainly never seen one before.
It was in a group of conventional mallards on the local park lake, with another similar fowl.
And aggressive? It was more brutal than a great crested grebe.
I suppose with a hairdo like that, it's probably had it's fair share of stick from the others, but it had a hell of an attitude. GrinGrin

Tags: General Wildlife and nature Humour and fun Bad-hair-day

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Oct 2012 9:09PM
Beats me Jack, although I did once see something similar at a place we visited with my Mum quite recently. I'll see if I've got a photograph of it.

I've got two but obviously I can't post them on here, which had been my plan.

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Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 9:14PM
Great pair of ear muffs..getting ready for the winterSmile
Really no idea what type of duck, and even tried looking it up!
sorry cannot help
but a good shot
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Oct 2012 9:18PM
I've sent you an email.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
4 Oct 2012 9:21PM
Thanks Lillian. I suspect that it's a hybrid.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
4 Oct 2012 9:30PM
They certainly look very similar Bren, which scotches the idea that it may be a sort of 'cross between a labrador and a lavatory door' hybrid.
Unless there's a randy duck running around with a Bill Haley haircut GrinGrin
We'll see whether anyone else can shed some light on the matter
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Oct 2012 9:39PM
My mistake. It was Godstone 'Farm,' not 'Park.'

Anyway, I've sent the photographs to them as well. I'm pretty sure that that's where I took them, so hopefully, they might know the answer!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:41PM
The topnot is known as a crest, Jack, extra layers of feathers that look like hairdos.
Crested ducks are basically an aberration appearing in any colour and as such have a mixed history. The crest is essentially a mutation associated with skull deformities and known for hundreds of years.
Info here .
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
4 Oct 2012 10:59PM
Well - you learn something new each day. Thank you Pamela. You seldom cease to amaze me Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 11:45PM
It has head phones on Jack,and it is listening to,''There Once Was An Ugly Duckling'' !!
A well coloured shot.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
5 Oct 2012 9:30AM
Trust you Mick. GrinGrin
But you may well be right Wink

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