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Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

Description:

In this series this male tufted duck goes through a pattern of wing-flapping and preening. Wing-flapping in ducks is often part of courtship behaviour, while preening keep feathers clean, parasite-free and well oiled.

Habitat:

A small pond with reeds and plenty of other vegetation.

Notes:

Duck feathers are water proof. See how water droplets roll off them! Ducks have a special gland called the 'preen gland' near their tail. This tiny gland produces oil which the duck uses to coat its feathers. Ducks pick up the oil with their head and beak and then smears it over their feathers.

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6 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Another thank you Satyen! This guy was a real show-off.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting and notes :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks everyone!

jimmy76
jimmy76 8 years ago

Nice Picture

DB
DB 8 years ago

Beautiful pictures, I love the second one!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Nice Series!

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Martigny, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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