Something I’ve observed with many bird photographers is that they prefer to photograph nothing more than adult male birds regardless of species. On the other hand I strive to capture every plumage I can. Here are several images captured on March 1, 2014 on the north shore of Long Island, NY. I photographed at least 12 different birds of differing plumage that day at the Mattituck Inlet. Here are 8 photos representing most of the ducks I mentioned. Some of the IDs are cut and dry but a few I’m not 100% sure of. I believe, and correct me if I’m wrong, that at this time of year immature males/females and adult females can look similar. With all the specialized field guides out including shorebirds, warblers, hawks, seabirds and several more, there is nothing on waterfowl. This is sorely needed. Yes, I have the old Madge book but we really need something new that’s a little more comprehensive.
I would appreciate any comments, especially if you can age and sex these birds.
As always, click on thumbnail to see full size view.