Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

Male Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Location: Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

I saw this male Ring-necked Duck and his mate paddling around near a marshy area along the shore of of Sprague Lake, in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  Seeing it first from a distance, I thought it might be a Wood Duck.  When it came a bit closer I noticed the distinctive white markings on the bill.


Becky said...

I saw some of these on Lake Erie, early this Spring for the first time, but didn't get any shots as awesome as this one! Looks like he's giving you the "Evil Eye".

BNS said...

This was the only reasonable shot I got of this guy's face. Mostly, he kept his tail end pointed toward me!