Mystery Guest

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
— Aesop —

This one has me stumped. I saw it for the first time today at the creek with a mate. After spending two hours looking at pictures of waterfowl in the Piedmont and mountains trying to identify it, I gave up. Any ideas?

Update 10/10/2008:  My thanks to mehere001 and Wren who identified the Mystery Guest as a black Muscovy Duck.

~ by Piedmont Perspective on 9 October 2008.

3 Responses to “Mystery Guest”

  1. Hi sorta new here, and happen upon your pages, loverly pics btw.

    My husband and I often play this ‘game’ so to speak, come home and identify wildlife we saw or got pics of. This looks suspiciously like a ‘Muscovy Duck’. And yes I totally cheated and used a Duck ID site online, just not sure if its ok to post those links or not.

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us all

  2. Muscovy Duck would have been my guess, too. They are usual feral or escapees, so not always listed in bird guides.

  3. Well, the UID (unidentified duck) made a great photo! I like the clear water…

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