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Tuffed Duck Drying It's Wings

5848 views Harold Bradley June 20, 2021 305 Waterford Bridge Rd, St. John's, NL A1E 1E7, Canada Date shot: March 26, 2021

Tufted Duck spreading it's wings. The tufted duck is a small diving duck with a population of close to one million birds world wide. The adult male is all black except for white flanks and a blue-grey bill with gold-yellow eyes, along with a thin crest on the back of its head. It has an obvious head tuft that gives the species its name. The adult female is brown with paler flanks, and is more easily confused with other diving ducks. It occasionally can be found as a winter visitor along both coasts of the United States and Canada. Their breeding habitat is close to marshes and lakes with plenty of vegetation to conceal the nest. They are also found on coastal lagoons, shorelines and sheltered ponds. These birds feed mainly by diving, but they will sometimes upend from the surface. They eat mollusks, aquatic insects and some plants and sometimes feed at night. Exif Data" Aperture F/8, Shutter Speed 1/8000sec, Iso 5000, Focal Length 600mm, Camera Nikon D810, Tamron 150x600mm Lens.

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