Saturday, December 11, 2004

It's a Scaup... or is it?

At first glance, this appeared to be a female Scaup on Rothschild's Mere at Woodwalton Fen NNR this morning, but a closer look reveals it has quite a lot of black on its bill - suggesting Tufted Duck. At some angles, the bird's mantle also looks a bit darker than it should do.

Oh dear...

A Tufty x Scaup hybrid? Please leave your comments.

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 62 with 16x eyepiece