In company of Tufted, Wigeon and Pochards.
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Looks like a hybrid - but these are never easy. It would be good to hear the views of others, but I wonder if it is Tufted x Red Crested Pochard?
All the best
I would agree with Tufted x RCP
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And it is certainly not Anas.
It's very interesting to hear what others think. I suppose a hybrid is the most likely answer. The bird was looking quite menacing to other ducks or perhaps just displaying.
Yes I should have tried Aythya which should be nearer. What do you think Mydaea?
Well, if it is an intergeneric hybrid, which seems to be the current consensus, you would have been better sticking at the family Anatidae.
Is it just my computer or does the tufty on the extreme left have a red head?
That’s the bird which is the subject of discussion.
No. That is the mystery duck to me. Very flashy I say. It looks a fair bit bigger to me as well.
As you read this I will be hiding from the world in a cupboard.
I would go with tufty x RCP too.
Tuftys to hybridise very easily and readily. The Collins field guide has two pages dedicated to tufty crosses. Unfortunately the cover the standard tufty x Pochard cross but not RCP.
David (Jardine), are you going to add an ID so that we can agree ?
I've been offline for a while - glad this post has moved forward.
Several similar on the internet...compare this one from Devon a few years ago...
Edit: Just seen Chris's comment above...sorry.
Interestingly, the other sighting above is from Devon, as is my linked bird...could they all be one and the same?
My Flickr photos...
Been hanging around for several winters now, splitting time between Beesands Ley and Slapton Ley.
Flickr pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72243477@N00/
I think you have found it in the end. It looks exactly like the one featured in the link http://www.wildlifeindevon.org.uk/pages/rarityphotos2.htm as posted by Ian.
Well done again. TV
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