Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

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Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard
The male Red-crested Pochard in breeding plumage is a striking-looking drake, particularly when he raises his red crest. This handsome diving duck comes mainly from Southern Europe and Asia.
Red-crested Pochard His bright red eyes match his scarlet bill
Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard In some light he has a metallic green sheen on his black rump
Red-crested Pochard Hobbies include diving . . .
Red-crested Pochard in flight . . . and flying
Red-crested Pochard in flight
. . . and synchronised grooming (with Wigeon above).
Red-crested Pochard female
Red-crested Pochard female
The female Red-crested Pochard, as most female ducks, is much plainer.
She has one dress for all seasons, distinctive white cheeks and a black bill tipped with pink lipstick.
Female with pink-tipped bill and brown eyes ...
or sometimes horn-coloured bill tip.
The drake looks quite untidy during transition to eclipse plumage.
Red-crested Pochard male eclipse
Red-crested Pochard male eclipse
His eclipse (non-breeding) plumage looks similar to the female, but the fully red bill and red eyes are a giveaway.
Red-crested Pochard pair Pair of Red-crested Pochards
Red-crested Pochard