Monday, 31 August 2009


Well here we are at the end of August and things are starting to hot up on the bird front. Did not manage to get out today,but hope to do so a few mornings this week. Sitting here my thoughts are drifting towards Winter and all the species that will start to arrive on our waterways. So for a quick post tonight I have posted two species of Duck that may be confusing to newcomers, I know they have got me thinking in the past.
So first up is the Tufted Duck of which some are resident all year round, but their numbers are swollen by migrants during the Winter.
Next up is the Scaup of which only one or two turn up during the winter months, you can see the main difference between them is the Grey back on the Scaup, both these birds are Male, the females are much browner and the female Scaup is white at the base of the bill.


  1. Lovely photographs Monty. I have not yet seen a Scaup ...maybe I will find it easier to identify them now after reading your blog.

  2. Lovely photos, I'm not too hot on water birds so that was interesting Monty :)