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QuackAttack28

Full blown drake?

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QuackAttack28

Shot my first bufflehead and was wondering if it is full blown? I think it is close, but I don't have much experience with divers so I'm not completely sure.

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Musky Buck

Can't say I've ever heard the term full blown drake ? It's a nice one I know that !

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QuackAttack28

Sorry I meant full plumage

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B. Amish

most buff's i've shot looked like that. i don't know if you'll ever get one that will be better, and i don't think you'll get many that will be any worse than that.

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Musky Buck

It's as good as any bufflehead I've ever held, had to quit one year on them in ND, snuck up on a pond and all that was in it was buffleheads and they dove, they eventually flew to the other end of the pond but I started to equate them to coots lol, now hammering away decoying them would be great fun.

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Sifty

They are a pretty duck.

I would say that is about as colorful as I have seen one.

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Feathers Rainin

Any drake buffie that isn't a first year bird is going to have brilliant colors like that one. The only way to tell if it is a mature drake is the size and you really need others to compare it to.

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PerchSlayer

Another way to tell a juvenile bird is to look at it's tail feathers. If the tips are v-shaped, typically it was born that year, if they come to a point, they are older than a year.

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SledNeck

Looks like all the ducks we'd shoot in California. Infact, I can't remember ever not seeing one full

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Green///////////

I've seen dozens of drake bufflehead and have never seen one without good color as stated the only way you can tell if its mature is from the size of the bird.

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gixxer01

Looks like you got him with the "GOLDEN" BB.

Nice Bird!!!

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