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Duck dive challenge

Observed: 27th November 2012 By: DavidHowdon
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Female 0050 Bucephala clangula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Goldeneye) - Stocker's Lake, Hertfordshire (VC 20), 27th November 2012
Male 0050 Bucephala clangula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Goldeneye) - Stocker's Lake, Hertfordshire (VC 20), 27th November 2012
Male 0050 Bucephala clangula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Goldeneye) - Stocker's Lake, Hertfordshire (VC 20), 27th November 2012
Description:

Just for a challenge how about trying to identify these disappearing ducks. Both the same species, but different genders.
Pictures shown the full ducks added 5th December. Well done to Roy identifying them from the inadequate pictures.

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

jonnam318's picture

Is it definately duck?

Is it definately duck?

mrchubbs's picture

diving ducks

i am pretty sure these are ruddy ducks, but im drunk

ophrys's picture

Drunk

...in vino veritas.

You must be right, then!

Ian
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nightfly's picture

Derek I thought the tail

Derek I thought the tail looked 'cormoranty' also but I really don't know.

Prize winning comment by Mrchubbs!

Cathal.

RoyW's picture

Orange legs (?)

I believe that the orange either side of the bird in the first image is it's legs - and the mottled grey plumage fits Goldeneye well.
With nothing but the tail visible the second shot is effectively unidentifiable and could easily be a Tufted Duck, or one of a number of other species.

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Goldeneye

Good call, Roy. I have to say that I cannot see any colour in the first picture, so I based my ID purely on the second picture. As you say, it could be a Tufted or a Goldeneye. I bet you are right, though.

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mattprince1969's picture

Interesting exercise..

..well done Roy!