I found a website by Kevin McGowan that has a page called Confusing Domestic Ducks. This is a good place to visit if you find a duck that is not in your birding book. Mallard and Muscovy ducks are the only two breeds that have been domesticated and mutations can end up in the wild. I previously posted pictures of a completely white "male mallard" and this past week, I found some more odd looking ducks.
The green-headed "mallard" looked very ragged and scarred and its partner...well, your guess is as good as mine. They were an obvious pair and spent a fair bit of time grooming their feathers together before they swam down the river again.
I was walking on a trail in London, Ontario along the Thames River a couple of weeks ago and saw far too many Canada Geese. The lone variation was this odd goose, which I cannot find in any of my books.
Here is the backside of the same bird, which seemed to be getting along famously with all the other geese.
Birds aren't the only things that can show up in unusual outfits. This fisherman caught my eye a little ways down the Thames River.
I wonder if the ducks and geese looked at him and said, "What an odd human. I don't see his likeness in our guide book."
Does anyone have any idea what these birds may be?