If accepted by the North Carolina Bird Records Committee, this would represent a first state record. This Tufted Duck was originally found by Hop Hopkins.
All photos below were handheld digiscoped and taken in early morning light (before 10am EST) at the Archie Elledge WTP in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC on 1/31/2009.
Note nearly black back, chest, and rear boxing in a rectangular-appearing white side with a slight point at the shoulder. With its short tuft, this is likely a young male.
|Tufted Ducks have slate blue-gray bills with wide black tips with inner white borders.|
|Head color when seen well up close in good light is a purplish sheen. However, when viewed at various angles from a distance, the sheen may appear purple, green, or black.|
|The vast majority of the photos I snapped through the telescope looked like variations of this theme...|
Here are links to photos taken the first day of its discovery:
Dave Disher's Photos
John Haire's Photos
Created on ... Feb 1, 2009 | firstname.lastname@example.org