Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Tufted Ducks.


Another day of overcast skies and rain so here are a few very recent images of the Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula) that frequent many of the local ponds.

This individual is showing a little of the white wing-bar which is usually only prominent when in flight.

The males are now changing from their eclipse plumage, when the flanks are dull brown, into their winter garb when the flanks become totally white and the distinctive tuft will get much longer.  FAB.

Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

16 comments:

  1. Good selection of close ups Frank, especially the second.
    They usually dive from sight when I get close.

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  2. the eyes, the eyes

    window of the soul

    Love those eyes

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  3. Frank I love those eyes but I also really like the dark brown heads and bodies. I seldom get images of such fantastic looking ducks like you do. I hope your weather gets better soon as I'm praying ours will. Way too rainy. Carol

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  4. I love their bright, beady little eyes....

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  5. OMG, so sweet your photos frm the ducks!
    I like it so much!
    Hugs Riv from Hamburg

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  6. Love those yellow eyes. Rain here as well so hope it's better for the weekend.

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  7. I love the Tufted Duck.. I hope to see one someday.. Wonderful post and photos.

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  8. Oh they are so cute, beautiful bird shots!

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  9. Loved that second photo with the water beaded up on the feathers!

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  10. they are beautiful. love how you can see the water drops lying on top of the feathers.

    great images Frank

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  11. Love the 3rd image Frank, just caught the eye in a nice pose.... and of course an often overlooked species .

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  12. Fantastic photographs of the Tufted Ducks! Those golden eyes really pull the viewer in. I love seeing the tufts too. Wonderful work!

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  13. Really neat ducks. They have very intense eyes.

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