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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Scaup face

In amongst a group of about 24 tufted duck at Beaufort Ponds this afternoon was this jobbie. On facial pattern only it would have been easy to have scribbled this one down as a female scaup but on closer inspection it's just a tuftie. Note large black tip to bill, pale bill band and a touch of a tuft. Unless you think differently?

Also present were three mute swan one of which was ringed - probably one of Luke's from Bryn Bach Park.

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