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Tufted Duck

Observed: 31st December 2011 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in BirdsMartincito’s reputation in BirdsMartincito’s reputation in BirdsMartincito’s reputation in Birds
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ranon.2011's picture

The top two look like females

The top two look like females and the other, the one with more white is a male.

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Thanks. I thought the female

Thanks. I thought the female was a Shoveler at first with that impressive beak!

jhn7's picture

I did wonder ...

The beak is imposing in that view but I had suspicions when you thought it was a Shoveler. I didn't have the confidence to point it out, typical, wise after the event! Lovely wintery feel.

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David Jardine's picture

Diving duck

A good way of discounting Shoveler would be to watch the way it feeds - tufted ducks dive and feed under-water; shovelers are surface feeders, filtering the water in their large beaks - they will up-end but do not normally dive completely under-water. Tufted ducks are much smaller and female shovelers are much paler brown similar to female mallards