Monday, 11 January 2010

Hybrid Aythya on Exe

One parent appears to be Pochard, but what's the other? Perhaps Tufted Duck? Either mummy or daddy was playing away - maybe both.
Similar size to the Tufted Ducks, perhaps a little smaller. Profile is very Pochard-like. Blaze is very Tufted-like. Body is Tufted, head is Pochard.

An instructive one, anyway. Don't take Scaup reports at face value on the Exe for a while, eh?

Thanks to James for mentioning the bird this morning...

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