Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

A rare but regular vagrant to the UK from North America.

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immature Ring-necked Duck (juvenile moulting to first-winter), Marazion (Cornwall, UK), 1st October 2005

 

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immature Ring-necked Duck (juvenile moulting to first-winter), Marazion (Cornwall, UK), 4th October 2005 (same individual as shown above)

 

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first-winter male Ring-necked Duck, Caerlaverock (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 23rd December 2015

 

female Ring-necked Duck, Malthouse Broad (Norfolk, UK), 24th December 2011 - in the Norfolk Broads for its third consecutive winter

 

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Ring-necked Ducks, Wasa Lake (BC, Canada), 18th September 2006

 

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male Ring-necked Duck, Auchenreoch Loch (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 23rd December 2015 - this bird seemed to have the white at the base of the bill restricted to the top, not extending down the sides of the bill; as such the possibility that it was a hybrid should be considered, though I was unable to detect any other anomalies

 

 

male Ring-necked Duck, Milton Loch (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 23rd December 2015 - circumstances strongly suggested that this bird was the same as the above bird at Auchenreoch Loch, photographed shortly after the Milton Loch bird disappeared (the two lochs are less than a mile apart and there was no Ring-necked Duck at Auchenreoch Loch an hour or so earlier); however two days later local observers apparently reported birds present at both lochs at the same time