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Ruddy Duck | by Roy Cohutta
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Ruddy Duck

12th of 13 in Series | Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis | Lake Loretta, Albany, Dougherty County (Coastal Plain), Georgia, USA | 3 March 2011

 

This 13-photo series is of 3 Ruddy Ducks in breeding or near-breeding plumage. The bills are partially blue (mostly near the base.) The backs have turned mostly rufous in color. I have posted thumb-nail links, in the comments section below, to Ruddy in non-breeding plumage, for comparison. Note long spiky tail.

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Taken on March 3, 2011