Medium-sized diving duck
Dome-shaped head; peak at back of crown
Bluish-gray bill with black tip
- White patch at base of bill
- Dark brown back with white flecks
- Brown chest, flanks and tail
- Whitish belly
As I set off in search of birds late this morning, the rain was just starting to come down. I was reminded of the old saying "lovely weather for ducks". Using this to my advantage, I headed to Beacon Hill Park where I knew I was sure to find lots of them. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. Within fifteen minutes, not only was I soaking wet but I had pictures of a number of new birds for my blog.
Incidentally, have you ever thought about all the idioms related to ducks? There seem to be a lot of them and not only to do with rain and water. I get the hunting ones but some of the others are pretty strange. Lord love a duck! What does that even mean?