Tufted ducks

Tufted duck

The tuft which gives the name to this small black and white duck is the feathers sticking out at the back of the head.

Here a female tufted duck in front of a female mallard to give an idea of the relative size of the two species. Tufted ducks are one of the smallest native species.

Tufted duck and mallard

The tuft at the back of the head is less clearly visible in this male.

Tufted duck

Dabchick

Dabchick

Every hundred yards or so between the Compton and Windmill Lane bridges on the Staffs and Worcs canal, there is a wintertime little grebe territory belonging to a different individual or pair.

This bird is nearest the Windmill Lane end.