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Duck id possible? Pokhara, Nepal, Nov 30, 2023 (1 Viewer)


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This is a very poor photo, but the combination of dark head and back and lighter sides (but not white), and dark rump suggest to me a female or non-adult tufted duck. There appears to be some streaking on the side, which I think supports tufted duck. The rump does not appear to have a mallard shape, to me :) The only other waterfowl with that side pattern is the very rare, for this area, Baer's Pochard, which also has a white rump I think (according to Helm's Birds of Nepal). Does a tufted duck seem at all reasonable? Is it at all possible to id what species this is from this photo? This is the only photo as I decided they were to far away to get a photo that could help with ID:)
This was taken in the Phewa Lake wetlands at the west end of Phewa Lake, at Pokhara, Nepal. The wetlands are basically rice fields (which had just been harvested when I was there), with creeks or natural "canals" running through them to the lake.
All comments, criticisms and corrections sought and appreciated.
thank you in advance


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Why are you wondering if it's not a tufted duck? It looks fine.
This is the only photo as I decided they were to far away to get a photo that could help with ID
You (we) would have been better off with a worse/more-distant photo that was side-on.
Thank you Bewick and Butty.
Not much experience with tufted ducks, and very capable at making very outrageous identifications:). Thanks for your ID. Good point for me to keep in mind next time I am out taking poor photos:)
thanks again, as always much appreciated

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