Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck. Lindo Lake, California. February 9, 2014. Greg Gillson.
I thought this sleeping Ruddy Duck was photogenic, even if it's not the typical field guide pose. In a few months this drake will molt to a rusty red with white cheek and blue bill. The long tail is typical of 6 species of "stiff-tailed ducks" worldwide.