The Common Pochard has been photographed (not by me) with a leg band, and there has been list serve discussion as to whether it is wild, or an escapee. Whatever the outcome of the discussion (debate?), yesterday was a day of good birding, with thousands of waterfowl in the open waters of Champlain, beautiful views of Ring-necks and Redheads, and an usual bird that we ought to feel sorry for. Whatever the origin of the Pochard, it is unlikely to fulfill its function in life: keeping its presence in the pochard gene pool alive.
Light and distance made photography difficult, but I did manage a few documentary images ...
|Common Pochard and Redhead|
|Common Pochard, Redheads, American Black Duck, Mallard|
|Common Pochard, Ring-necked Ducks, Redhead|
|Common Pochard with Redheads|