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River duck

Observed: 12th August 2012 By: pf339
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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River duck

Dark duck with grey flanks. Blue bill with black tip. Yellow eye. Amongst mallards but possibly female tufted duck.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Tufted Duck - Eclipse Drake

This is a drake that has moulted into eclipse plumage indicated by the paler grey/brown patches on its sides.

It will moult its body feathers again later in the year back to its black body with white sides breeding plumage

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Many thanks for helping with identification and for moulting information.