The lighting was perfect for this reflection shot of a red headed male pochard. He, and a few of his species, live in harmony in the flamingo exhibit that only opened to the public last year. There are 4-6 species of ducks and 2 species of ibis in there as well as 20 lesser pink flamingos. Throw in a few dozen wild sparrows and a pair of local wild blue stellar jays and you have one big happy family.
The common pochard (Aythya ferina) is a medium-sized diving duck.
The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill-band. The triangular head shape is distinctive. Pochards are superficially similar to the closely related North American Redhead
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