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Tufted duck female or immature?

Observed: 3rd October 2011 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in BirdsNick Upton’s reputation in Birds
Tufted duck
Tufted duck 1
Tufted duck 1 2

I think this is an adult female Tufted duck in winter plumage, or is it a juvenile? Looks a bit scaup like, but think there is a hint of a crest and it was a long way from the coast in Wiltshire. There were no other Tufted ducks around and I've never seen any on this lake before.

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Tufted Duck

Looking at the colour of the eyes I will say that this is a juvenile tufted duck. The eyes of a juvenile aren't as bright as the fully grown ones. They will become really bright yellow when they mature.


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Tufted duck juvenile

Thanks for the tip on the eye colour, and the age may explain why the tuft is so hard to make out.

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