Help with ID

To: 'Daniel Montes' <>, "" <>
Subject: Help with ID
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:30:24 +0000



I am glad you wrote: I am having trouble identifying the species.  (It would concern me if you were not having trouble). Which one do you suggest we can see the head? Sure we can list / suggest several duck species that could fit that photo but I can’t imagine how anyone could be know of any one, besides there may be more than one species there. The only kind of anything of a feature is most appear to be dark and some white bits at the end of some of them (assuming not an illusion). That could suggest Hardhead for some of them but then any random photo of a collection of ducks in habitat like that (presumably local) would probably include that species.   I suggest they are unknowable from that.




From: Daniel Montes [
Sent: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 4:02 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Help with ID


I have previously taken a photo of duck species which I first thought was rocks but looking back, I can see that they are indeed not rocks, but birds.


I am having trouble identifying the species, so I'm asking if anyone may know what it could be.


As the birds were very distant, I had to crop the photo, but you can see one of the birds head.


Here is the link for the cropped photo:








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