emakriya's picture

Male Redhead Duck in Hyde Park (London, UK)

Observed: 14th November 2009 By: emakriyaemakriya’s reputation in Birdsemakriya’s reputation in Birds
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Diving duck in muddy shallow waters in Hyde Park, binging on pondweed seeds.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


er2938's picture

Probably a pochard

Probably a pochard really. Redheads have yellow eyes and a blue beak. Canvasbacks have a darker head colour, but I can't be absolutely certain from this picture.


Milvus's picture

Yes, a very dapper drake

Yes, a very dapper drake pochard.

Both redhead and canvasback are extremely rare in Britain as wild birds (just a handful of records), though they are often kept in wildfowl collections.

colhig17's picture


Would go with the pochard too


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bobthebirder's picture


Redhead would show a darker back and pale yellow eyes. You can just see the red eyes of this pochard.

Bob Ford

er2938's picture


Thanks for confirming my thoughts, Bob. You have however given your agreement to the Red-head duck ID above!


RoyW's picture

Bill pattern confirms ID.

Redhead and Canvasback can both be ruled out by the bill pattern (+ the red eye would not be shown be a Redhead).