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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Aythya farina


Or Pochard.



The Common Pochard is a gregarious, stocky diving duck, smaller than a Mallard, and forms large flocks in winter, often mixing with other diving ducks, such as the Tufted Duck, which they are known to hybridise with. The male is pale grey with a rusty red head and neck, a red eye, and a black breast and tail.




The female is brown with a dark head and blotchy cheeks.




In flight, birds show a pale grey wing-stripe






Their diet consists of plants, seeds, snails, small fish and insects.

They nest from early April, to early June, near to ponds with overgrown vegetation. It consists of a heap of aquatic vegetation and plant material, lined with down and some feathering.
The female lays 6-11, greenish coloured eggs, and she incubates them for 24-26 days beginning when the last egg is laid. The chicks leave the nest upon hatching and make their first flight at 50 to 55 days.



Male







33 comments:

  1. So beautiful. Such an informative post. I wonder if we have these birds in North America. Must do some research.

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  2. My wife and I went to Iceland 12 years ago and she thinks we saw them there. She remembers that Lake Myvatn is supposed to be a duck migration hot spot.

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  3. A very handsome duck...I love the male's rusty head and red eye. I love the photo where they are all breaking free of the water to fly...the sight of the splashing is so lovely--especially now that everything is ice and snow covered now.

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  4. Thanks Linda. They are a lovely bird, but do seem to spend a lot of time sleeping lol

    Thanks Mike. I think they do venture to Iceland.
    They're very common here, especially at the moment.

    Thanks Kelly. They're having a tough time at the moment finding some unfrozen water to splash around in.

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  5. Informative post Keith,and some great photos.

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  6. Thanks for all this Keith. It's odd that the lakes up here have nothing but Mallard.

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  7. Nice photos about an interesting duck.

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  8. Lovely images .. Theres 5 males on my local patch at Par in Cornwall atm which is a new patch tickk for me

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  9. That second shot is brilliant Keith.

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  10. A nice blog and a brilliant photos.

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  11. Informative post with nice photos. They do winter in Switzerland and so I get to see them.

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  12. I really must go looking for ducks more this coming year, Keith. I have always loved them for their striking colours. Merry Christmas.

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  13. What a beautiful waterbird--the top photo almost looks like decoys lined up bobbing in the water. A great look into the life of the Pochard!

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  14. Beautiful duck and nice photos! I've seen this one in Norway, but we don't have many of them here.

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  15. Your captures are beautiful! Ducks are so entertaining.

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  16. Hi Keith...I like the first photo with all those rusty heads just about the only visible part of the Pochards... all headed in the same direction!!
    Informative post!!
    Hugs..keep warm!!

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  17. Beautiful looking duck and good captures. Boom & Gary.

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  18. I don't remember seing these before and they are beautiful. The top shot is so cool!

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  19. A favourite bird of mine also. Lovely images.

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  20. Handsome ducks. You've got some nice shots and great info about them to boot!

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  21. Thanks for the info on the water birds,I do not know alot about them.Someone tells me that there is a spot near me to photograph the blue heron,so hopefully I`ll get pictures of them before the year is over.
    Your photographs are breathtaking,I have been here before & drolled over them,so now I will follow,phylliso in Pa

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  22. that is a pretty duck. your photos are great as always.

    Merry Christmas!

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  23. Great duck shots. Your Pochards seem very similar to our Canvasbacks and Redheads.

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  24. First of all, apologies for late replies. I had some trouble with some snow yesterday.

    Thank you Trevor, glad you enjoyed it.

    Adrian, there’s a couple of lakes not far from my local, that have Teal. A rarity on my local. Strange how some birds have a preference. I’m sure Mallards would be happy just about anywhere there is water. Even a temporary puddle lol

    Thank you Kozma :)

    Thanks Mark. Safe to say there are over a hundred at my local lake; although if this freeze continues their numbers will probably fall.

    Thanks Roy. :)

    Fleetwood Birder, thank you. Glad you enjoyed them :)

    Thanks Bob :)

    Thanks dreamfalcon. :)

    Thanks Emma. They brighten up a dull winters day.
    Have a good Christmas too.

    Thanks Dixxe. There were quite a few others in that first shot. Couldn’t get them all in. They looked quite comical.

    Thanks Øyvind :)

    Thank you EmptyNester, glad you enjoyed them :)

    Thanks grammie. :)

    Gary, thank you :)

    Thanks JM :)

    Thank you Andrew :)

    Thank you Sally :)

    Phyllisso, thank you for your comments, and following. Good luck with the Heron shots.

    Thanks Doreen, and a merry Christmas to you too :)

    Thanks Harold. I think they are from the same family :)

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  25. Great serie, its a very nice duck. #6 is a very impressive and high quality image.

    I wish you a happy christmas and a good year ;)

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  26. Thanks Dominic.
    Have a good Christmas too. :)

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  27. Wonderful shots of the pochards, HM!

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  28. Great informative post about the Pochard, I can't say that I knew anything about this species of duck. I will have to look out for these, see if there are any on our local waters.

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  29. Nice birds! May the Christmas season
    fill your home with joy,
    your heart with love
    and your life with laughter. Luzia is
    wishing you peace, prosperity and health for 2011.

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  30. Kyle, thank you for your comment. :)

    woodpecker, thank you. If you see any, they will probably look like the last picture. Always seem to be sleeping lol

    Lucy, thank you for your comment and wishes.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year too.

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  31. nice shots of the Pochards. I love the male´s red head.

    I think you might be right about the swifts I posted. Maybe there were a spot they could feed from.

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