Monday 1 December 2014

More Ducks....

A late afternoon visit to the scrapes this afternoon was definitely worthwhile, despite the dreary grey sky, as I finally connected with the female Red-crested Pochard that was first seen on 16th November but until today, had only been seen very briefly on two previous occasions. Really not sure where it is hiding in between its visits to the scrapes - maybe Bicton Lake??

The Teal x Wigeon hybrid was also present in with the Eurasian Wigeon flock and interesting to see its wing pattern - the first time I have managed to get a photo of it in flight.

Female Red-crested Pochard

Teal x wgeon hybrid


  1. Hi Chris - as always, fantastic shots - always wondered what the wings would be like on the hybrid - secondaries look like teal but whitish greater covert patch from the wigeon - a fascinating bird. Cheers, Matt

  2. Hi Matt - I knew of all people that you would appreciate the hybrid duck photos! It is a really interesting bird and I was pleased to see the wing markings finally. I am sure it will stick around, so hopefully you will be able to pay your respects again!