Tufted ducks are easily recognizable by the distinct tuft that both the male and female have on their heads, the male is a striking black and white bird whose feathers have a tint of purple to them, the female on the other hand is a less impressive brown bird.  

Below are a couple of male Tufted ducks.

Tufted duck - male (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/1000s - f7.1 - ISO 200
Tufted duck - male (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/800s - f7.1 - ISO 200

These next 4 shots show the female Tufted duck which as you can see is not as striking as the male being the usual colour that is adopted by a lot of female birds which is brown and the tuft on their head is also a lot shorter than the males tuft.

Tufted duck - female to the front and a male behind (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/640s - f7.1 - ISO 200
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Tufted duck - female (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/1250s - f7.1 - ISO 200
Tufted duck - female (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/1250s - f7.1 - ISO 200
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Tufted duck - female (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 500mm - 1/320s - f7.1 - ISO 320

And finally to finish this post a couple of portrait shots of the male Tufted duck.

Tufted duck - male (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 500mm - 1/250s - f7.1 - ISO 320
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Tufted duck - male (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/600s - f7.1 - ISO 400
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