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Female lesser scaup? Helston, Cornwall

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Old Saturday 9th November 2019, 11:06   #1
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Female lesser scaup? Helston, Cornwall

I visited Helston boating lake on 6th Nov and saw the adult male lesser scaup. I also saw what looked like the female that others have reported as a hybrid lesser scaup. Is this a photo of a female hybrid lesser scaup? If so, what is the second photo which was seen later on one of the islands in the lake. Is it the same bird but a bad, distant photo or is it something else and, if so, what could it be?

Thanks for any thoughts. Phil
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Old Saturday 9th November 2019, 15:56   #2
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I think the close-up is a Tufted Duck - look at the obvious dark tip to the whole width of the bill - and the distant bird is probably another one.

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Old Saturday 9th November 2019, 16:10   #3
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I think the close-up is a Tufted Duck - look at the obvious dark tip to the whole width of the bill - and the distant bird is probably another one.

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Agreed and not the the hybrid Aythya which can be seen here https://www.cbwps.org.uk/cbwpsword/t...november-2019/

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