Netta rufina

Red-crested Pochard - A popular species in wildfowl collections. I was lucky to see these at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire and at Staffordshire UK.. A diving duck, though they also 'dabble' for their food, which is mainly aquatic plants. The male has the russet head and red bill. They nest beside freshwater lakes laying 8-12 pale green eggs. I also came across these handsome Pochards at Quinta Do Lago Portugal.

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