Over the past 5 years, I have traveled extensively all over the United States hunting waterfowl, and a hunt with Captain Spencer Brannon, is always near the top for a fun hunt, for two of the top duck species in North America, Canvasback and Redhead. Granted, there are other species taken with him, but these are the main two. His main boat, decoys and layout boats, are all top notch. Usually, guys charge extra to do a layout boat hunt, but with Spencer, a layout boat is the standard, and it gives the option to be much more versatile and much more successful than anyone else in the area.
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Aythya vallisneria lapsus. The canvasback Aythya valisineria is a species of diving duck , the largest found in North America. Scottish-American naturalist Alexander Wilson described the canvasback in The genus name is derived from Greek aithuia , an unidentified seabird mentioned by authors, including Hesychius and Aristotle. The duck's common name is based on early European inhabitants of North America's assertion that its back was a canvas -like color. It is the largest species in the genus Aythya , being similar in size to a mallard but with a heavier and more compact build than it. The adult male drake has a black bill, a chestnut red head and neck, a black breast, a grayish back, black rump, and a blackish brown tail.
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Wave after wave of redheads boiled off the water ahead of the boat as we raced across the glassy surface of the Laguna Madre just off the south Texas coast. Driven from their feeding grounds, thousands of the birds lifted into the air in great, milling swarms, only to settle once again on the surrounding flats. Watching the spectacle in awe, we were privileged to be witnessing one of the world's greatest concentrations of wintering redheads, especially in an area open to public waterfowling. Our host, research scientist Bart Ballard of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, cut the throttle and reversed the engine as we approached a palmetto-brushed blind, staked in the shallows at the edge of a small island dotted with scrub oaks. Formed by rising sea levels roughly 3, years ago, the Laguna Madre of Texas has an average depth of less than three feet, and many areas hold barely enough water to float decoys, making shallow-draft boats a necessity to access much of the estuary.