14th December 2012
OK So why isnt this an adult female Ferruginous Duck? I have to admit I was too busy taking photos to study the bird in the field or rather on the water, but that's modern Birding for you. Is it possible to be a good birder and a bird photographer? Many would argue not.
Anyway this duck, on first view the forehead does look too much like a pochard or a Ski jump but at some angles the slope between forehead and bill is less continuous and several other features look good for Ferruginous,at least according to The Collins guide. I think the Ferruginous dominant genes outnumber the Pochard dominant genes. I'll leave to the experts for the final analysis though.