male Ferruginous Duck
A scan of the mud also produced a selection of other species, including half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits, a couple Snipe, 3 Green Sandpipers and 1 Kingfisher. I was also keen to connect with the reported female Fudge Duck that was seen in the same bay so the scanning continued. After a considerable amount of searching I finally found the female FERRUGINOUS DUCK preening herself only meters from the bank, right under my nose and exactly where I wasn't looking! After reviewing my pics and noting the eye colour, I've come to the conclusion she might be an immature bird as there is still a dark speckle on the vent (remnant from a juv) and the flanks have an obviously bared look which should appear more uniform in an adult female. Opinions welcome!
female Ferruginous Duck