Thursday, 3 April 2014

Pale Beauties

I was back up at Attenborough at the weekend.
One species that can almost be relied on up there is Red-crested pochard. There were eight birds present on Sunday

Something I've noticed about this species is that it seems to be prone to leucism as I've seen several examples of this.

 This female was on the Tween Pond.

 A more usual female was on the Coneries Pond
 This pale male bird was keeping company with the lighter female
 while this normal male was near the Visitor Centre.

The leucistic pair.


  1. These are lovely shots Rob, of an equally lovely bird.
    I was watching a pair last weekend at Harold Odell. The male, a perfect gentleman, was busily feeding the female. The age of chivalry is not dead.

  2. I look forward to learning some new birds from a far-off country through your blog and from viewing your wonderful photos. Happy Birding! :o)