Hello All… It’s me again! I have another duck question and like my previous post, this would be a lifer, if confirmed.
I caught the duck pictured below today (February 3, 2013) on Devonian Pond, next to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada. As you can see, the head is typical for the drake, but the rest of the body is more like a female’s.
My bird books and apps are more or less silent on the subject, but I found photos of Redhead drakes that look like mine on the internet, here and here (the second site’s photos are especially close to mine) and various texts suggest that they do exist. Have any of you ever seen this “version” of the Redhead? Can you confirm that it is indeed an eclipse drake?
Your comments would be more than welcome!
UPDATE: It has been confirmed by a variety of sources that this is indeed a first year male (or hatch-year male/drake) and that he will look like a typical male of the species within the next year or less.