Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Scaup

We get the occasional different water bird/fowl during the winter months that visit the local parkland lakes. 
Nothing different for weeks, then we may get two or three at once. 

A visitor this week was the Scaup Duck. It is slightly larger than a Tufted Duck. From a distance, when amongst a flock of Tufties, it can look rather like a female Tufti. When I was observing this one I took my eye off of it for a few minutes and lost it. It took a while to find it amongst about 30 plus Tufties. 

There is some discussion amongst the local birding experts that this one may be a Hybrid Tufted Duck/Scaup. Whatever it is I was pleased to see it and as I said before, I just take the photographs. :o)



The Scaup visits the Eastern side of the UK (mainly the coast) during September to April, but will come in land a short distance to local lakes.
In its breeding season it resides in Iceland, Scandinavia and Siberia.







13 comments:

  1. yes these ducks are always difficult to ID but great shots of it Roy

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  2. It is the week of females ;-) Lovely also, I love.

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  3. Hi Roy!!! Very nice series of images of this Duck.. Happy week ..

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  4. This duck is a TopperEend (Aythya marila)

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  5. Wow !! Gorgeous photos !!
    Merry Christmas !!

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  6. Happy New Year.

    Thank you for your visiting always.

    I wish You all the best.
    Greeting and hug.

    From Japan, ruma ❃

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  7. Fantastic series of images .. Best regards ..

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