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Old Saturday 23rd June 2007, 16:11   #1
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Duck ID, Somerset, UK. (Tufted Duck?)

Location: Somerset, UK. End of May 2006.

On first appearances, this seems to me to be a Tufted Duck, but after looking at pictures in various field guides I think the forehead should be much steeper and higher than it is on this individual.

Also, it has what appears to be a very faint ring around the base of its neck, but this could be a trick of the light, I suppose. In Collins Bird Guide, the ad. male is depicted with a faint neck ring. But again, the forehead is shown much higher than it is on this individual. Any ideas? A hybrid?
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2007, 16:37   #2
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It looks fine for a Tufted Duck. I wouldn't say there was any hybridisation going on there.
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2007, 17:07   #3
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birds can raise or lower their feather tracts and in doing so, change shape. Diving ducks will often sleek back their feathers just before a dive, giving them a completely different shape than when they're resting. It is a tufted duck.
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Old Sunday 24th June 2007, 10:04   #4
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Thanks for your help.
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Old Sunday 24th June 2007, 12:58   #5
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Hi Mark looks like a Tufted Duck to me
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