Gallery - Ducks-Pochards (Aythya)
This diving duck breeds across northern Europe in autumn it migrates south to both inland and coastal areas. It feeds on water plants,invertebrates and especially freshwater mussles.It nests near water.
Visitor from North America
Rare transatlantic vagrant,simlar to Scaup but smaller and rather darker-backed with peaked rear crown. dull purple gloss and shorter white wing bar.
The Scaup is a Red list species-serious conservation concern.
The Scaup is a diving duck which breeds further north than other diving ducks, comming south for the winter months.it feeds on a variety of food including mussels which it takes off the sea-bed.
A diving duck which breeds around inland lakes. It mostly feeds on plants that grow on the bottom of shallow lakes which it reaches by diving. It nests in dense cover close to water.
Rare visitor that likes lowland fresh or brackish still and slow moving waters, often lurking in fringing vegetation, also marshes and reedbeds.
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