Ring-Necked Duck
Aythya collaris
April 10, 2011

Ring-necked ducks (Aythya collaris) have a ring around their bill. Call it another example in the confusing art of naming birds.

Ring-necks are moderate in size (although Sibley's refers to them as being compact, which probably means a tad smaller than moderate).

Following is a photo of a female and male.

Ring-necked duck couple

The photo of the female ring-necked duck above is a little overexposed; the next one shows her colors better.
Female ring-necked duck

And here are two male ring-necked ducks in flight.
Male ring-neck ducks flying

Ring-necked ducks are seasonal visitors to Toftrees (and central Pennsylvania, for that matter). We see them in the spring and fall, in passing.

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the Sigma 150-500mm lens, during March 2011 for these photos.

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