10th March 2015

Tufted Ducks, our smallest diving duck and very common in parks, on reservoirs, gravel pits and open fresh water, are here in even greater numbers in winter, joined by many birds from Iceland and Northern Europe. These little ducks are classic cartoon-duck shaped, and easy to identify with their bright eye, little tuft and, in the case of males, their distinctive black and white bodies. They dive for molluscs and insects and, as can be seen from this photo of the female, water weed. Although they are pretty common the reduction in the numbers of  ‘Tufties’ means they are on the amber list. Conditions: A sunny and milder day, thanks to a gentler breeze. Temperature: Max 9- Min 2c

In winter Tufted Ducks are usually in small flotilla's like this or in large groups.

In winter Tufted Ducks are usually in small flotilla’s like this or in large groups.

A male Tufted Duck

A male Tufted Duck

This female Tufted Duck had just emerged from a dive, with weed in it's bill

This female Tufted Duck had just emerged from a dive, with weed in it’s bill

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