Every Sunday for a while we’re going to have a “guess the duck species” photos, so that you can learn some of the duck species of North America. The photos were all taken by evolutionary geneticist John Avise from the University of California, Irvine. The identification of the duck as well as an interesting Duck Fact is below the fold.
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Answer: Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
This small diving duck can be recognized even from afar by its habit of holding its tail cocked upward at a sharp angle when swimming or resting on the surface of an open bay or pond. Breeding males in their “alternate” plumage and bright blue bill look very different from those in non-breeding (“basic” or “winter”) condition.
JAC: Here’s the range map from the Cornell site: