Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Native to North America, this species established a sizeable feral population in the UK and at its peak became reasonably common in Norfolk, though never so much as in the Midlands. The Iberian population of endangered White-headed Ducks Oxyura leucocephala is perceived to be under threat through hybridisation with British-origin Ruddy Ducks and as a result large-scale culls have taken place within the UK. Consequently Ruddy Duck has nearly been eliminated from the UK, and most birders who do come across them now keep the details secret to prevent them from being shot. The cull proved very controversial, not least because of the manner in which it was conducted - even those of us who are in principle supportive of culling non-native wildlife that poses a threat to native wildlife could not support this fiasco.

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juvenile Ruddy Duck, Cley (Norfolk, UK), 10th September 2005

 

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male Ruddy Duck, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 28th May 2004

 

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immature male Ruddy Duck, Famosa Slough, San Diego (California, USA), 19th April 2005

 

female Ruddy Duck with American Coots, Famosa Slough, San Diego (California, USA), 19th April 2005

 

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female Ruddy Duck, Whitlingham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 17th January 2010

 

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male and female Ruddy Ducks, Bittering GP (Norfolk, UK), 8th October 2004

 

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female Ruddy Duck, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 22nd April 2004

 

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male Ruddy Duck, Limantour Beach (California, USA), 2nd May 2005

 

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Ruddy Duck, Burnham Overy Marsh (Norfolk, UK), 31st January 2009

 

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male and female Ruddy Ducks, Stiffkey Fen (Norfolk, UK), 15th January 2005

 

male Ruddy Duck, Vossemeerdijk, northwest of Kampen (Overijssel, Netherlands), 2nd February 2014