Tufted duck - MarcoPesaresi

Tufted ducks are easily recognizable by the distinct tuft that both the male and female have on their heads, when it come to identifying the gender of a birds you will find either both male and female being almost identical or you will find that the male is more striking and is usually more colourful in comparison to the more muted colours of the female, and the latter of these applies with Tufted ducks as the male is a very striking black and white bird as opposed to brown female.

First up are a couple of male Tufted ducks.

Tufted duck ♂ (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/1000s - f7.1 - ISO 200
Tufted duck ♂ (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 ♀ (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/640s - f7.1 - ISO 200
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Tufted duck ♀ (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/1250s - f7.1 - ISO 200
Tufted duck ♀ (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/1250s - f7.1 - ISO 200
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Tufted duck ♀ (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 ♂ (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 500mm - 1/250s - f7.1 - ISO 320
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Tufted duck ♂ (Aythya fuligula) Canon 1D MkIV - 700mm - 1/600s - f7.1 - ISO 400
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