Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

There are three categories of Red-crested Pochards which occur in a wild state in the UK: escapes from captivity, ferally breeding birds and genuine vagrants from Europe. Unfortunately for any one individual found in the wild, working out which of the categories it fits into is usually impossible so proving you've seen a genuinely wild vagrant here is a hopeless task. Leucism is frequent among captive (and thus escaped) birds.

The pair shown in the first set of photos below became the first ever pair of Red-crested Pochards to breed in Norfolk.

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image

male and female Red-crested Pochards, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 20th March 2009

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image  

male and female Red-crested Pochards, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 20th May 2013

 

click for larger image click for larger image

female Red-crested Pochard, Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal), 15th April 2006

 

male Red-crested Pochard, Quinta do Lago (Algarve, Portugal), 15th April 2006

 

click for larger image

juvenile (left), eclipse male (centre) and leucistic female (right) Red-crested Pochards, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th August 2007

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male and female Red-crested Pochards, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 16th May 2009

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image

captive eclipse male Red-crested Pochard, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 25th September 2012

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male Red-crested Pochard, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 18th January 2004

 

captive eclipse male Red-crested Pochard, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 6th October 2012 - pretty sure this is the same bird as above from 25th September

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male and female Red-crested Pochards, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 4th December 2010

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male Red-crested Pochard, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 16th April 2011

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male Red-crested Pochard, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive male and leucistic female Red-crested Pochards, Blakeney collection (Norfolk, UK), 15th October 2011

 

click for larger image click for larger image

female Red-crested Pochard, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2012

 

click for larger image click for larger image

male Red-crested Pochard, Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 10th June 2013

 

click for larger image click for larger image

eclipse male Red-crested Pochard, Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 2nd July 2013 - same bird as as above

 

female Red-crested Pochard, near Portopal di Capo Passero (Sicily, Italy), 3rd May 2012

 

click for larger image

leucistic male Red-crested Pochard, Flixton GP (Suffolk, UK), 11th February 2012 - asides from the leucism (pale wings) indicating a likely captive origin, this bird shared a lake with large numbers of wildfowl that have been released for shooting

 

captive Red-crested Pochards (and White-headed Duck), Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 28th December 2003

 

click for larger image

captive Red-crested Pochard (with Chiloe Wigeon), l'Eucaliptus (Cataluña, Spain), 21st May 2013

 

click for larger image click for larger image
click for larger image click for larger image

captive leucistic female Red-crested Pochard, Grange-over Sands (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2011

 

click for larger image click for larger image

captive Red-crested Pochard, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014

 

captive leucistic female Red-crested Pochard, Grange-over Sands (Cumbria, UK), 27th December 2012