The Pochard is a diving duck of Eurasia, similar to the North American Redhead and Canvasback. Somehow, despite having visited several good locations like the Gulper See that should have had at least a few, no Pochard was kind enough to swim or fly through my field of view. Until today, that is, when, not ten blocks from where I am staying, five Pochards were hanging around in a canal with Mallards and Mute Swans. Lifer number 80 for my first European sojourn, not bad considering how much time I spent not birding.
There will be many more posts about the birds I saw in Germany (after all, I don’t want to disappoint Jochen) once I get back to New York. In the meantime, enjoy the Pochard, a most beautiful duck.
Looks more like a Redhead to me than the canvas back! But very cool duck and would be a lifer to me!! But, not sure if I will ever be going to Eurasia anytime soon.
Sounds like you’re doing pretty well for the limited time you put in birding.-Actually, you’re doing well period.-Hope you don’t run in to Chevy Chase on your European vacation!
Nice find and pics, but how was Gulper See and did you find Longtailed Tits?
Hey, world, by the way, I have a new post up at Belltower Birding.
@Monarch: Definitely a cool duck. I was really surprised that, after missing in several more likely spots, to have it appear in Berlin.
@Larry: Heck, Chevy Chase should be glad he didn’t run into me!
@Jochen: No luck with the Long-tails. The Gulper See was great but very, very windy. Lots of the same geese as up north, and a couple German birders who let me know taht they hadn’t seen any pink feet around. AND WELCOME BACK!
That’s a redhead.
@Emily: No, it’s a Pochard…