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Location: Alabama
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I shot this bird this morning on the creek. It dove under water swam under the boat and came up 15yds behind the boat. It flew a few yards before I shot it. It never rose up or gained altitude like a duck. It has a pointed beak, a buddy said it was a common merganser.

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Hard to tell but I think your buddy may be right. I was thinking a hooded merganser but didn't see a crown.

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Can I take a more detailed pic that would help you tell. My mother flipped out when she came in and it was on the kitchen table. Let's just hope she doesn't open the freezer anytime soon!! HAHA!

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It would be helpful to get a shot of the belly and maybe a close up of the beak. I still think it is the female hooded merganser but more info. would help.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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It's a dead duck.

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Location: Alabama
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Here is the belly. It didn't have any hood-like feathers like a wood duck. I saw a bird similar to this while scouting a new place to hunt it was just bigger and darker.

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By your description of the encounter, and judging by the feet being the largest part of its body, it's some kind of diver/swimmer/strange duck (or non-duck). One time hunting in fog a duck like that came zooming in. I blasted it. My retriever wouldn't even bring it in. (Bad sign.) I wouldn't eat it. Save your ammo. If it doesn't fly first, let it go.

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It looks like a young hooded merganser and not mature enough to get the hooded look. The common merganser tend to be muck lighter than that. Did you eat it? Most mergansers have a fishy smell when plucked and cleaned and should be soaked to make them more desirable. I personally don't like the taste of them because of that fishing oily taste.

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No I didn't eat it, I saved it in the freezer in case I needed it for more pics. The creek we were hunting is posted with a no fish eating advisory, so I don't eat them. I was kinda thinkin' it might be a immature somethin' since the feathers were fuzzy like a young chickens.

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My first guess was a black duck...but know i have no idea!

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It is a Coot they are kind of a mix between a fish duck and a shore bird.
Not much good to eat.