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Tufted Duck - male, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands Last March for our anniversary we paid a visit to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, a sort of natural park at the coast that has both recreational paths as well as some no-go natural areas. Within the Netherlands it is best known for its foxes. When seeing a top fox photo from the Netherlands, there&#039;s a good chance it&#039;s made here. Many photographers fail to mention the &quot;making of&quot;, the fact that these foxes are close to being domesticated. They are very used to people and occasionally have been lured/fed, which means they can be somewhat reliably seen and get within touch distance. Such as the first time I visited, and almost tripped over one:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/20602/fox_at_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen.html" title="Fox at Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/20602_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=cSpXK29w2pMEVEuTRiFljMWVJEw%3D" width="200" height="174" alt="Fox at Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen This was my reward for the day. It took many hours to find this fox at the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen. I was happy to capture it just chilling next to the path, but it was already leaving after a minute. Just before it did, it turned its head and stared back into the sun, giving me good light for this shot.  Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Europe,Geotagged,Netherlands,Red Fox,The Netherlands,Vulpes vulpes" /></a></figure><br />
The park is known locally for a second reason: the deer problem. Due to a lack of predators (a nation-wide problem), there&#039;s no check on population growth which has led to overpopulation. Which in turn leads to public outcries on how cruel it is to shoot them. This raging debate applies to all our little snippets of semi-nature, there&#039;s no real space for a true wild.<br />
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Anyway, back on topic. The Tufted Duck is named after its tuft, which both sexes have yet is larger and more explicit in the male. These ducks are highly specialized in water-feeding, they can dive down for long periods of time and their feet are positioned so far back as to optimize for diving and swimming upstream. As a result, they kind of suck at walking on land.<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79760/tufted_duck_-_two_males_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html" title="Tufted Duck - two males, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/79760_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=76UVyf2iP1TtmS9KAL0S5RzKj8g%3D" width="200" height="116" alt="Tufted Duck - two males, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands Last March for our anniversary we paid a visit to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, a sort of natural park at the coast that has both recreational paths as well as some no-go natural areas. Within the Netherlands it is best known for its foxes. When seeing a top fox photo from the Netherlands, there&#039;s a good chance it&#039;s made here. Many photographers fail to mention the &quot;making of&quot;, the fact that these foxes are close to being domesticated. They are very used to people and occasionally have been lured/fed, which means they can be somewhat reliably seen and get within touch distance. Such as the first time I visited, and almost tripped over one:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/20602/fox_at_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen.html<br />
The park is known locally for a second reason: the deer problem. Due to a lack of predators (a nation-wide problem), there&#039;s no check on population growth which has led to overpopulation. Which in turn leads to public outcries on how cruel it is to shoot them. This raging debate applies to all our little snippets of semi-nature, there&#039;s no real space for a true wild.<br />
<br />
Anyway, back on topic. The Tufted Duck is named after its tuft, which both sexes have yet is larger and more explicit in the male. These ducks are highly specialized in water-feeding, they can dive down for long periods of time and their feet are positioned so far back as to optimize for diving and swimming upstream. As a result, they kind of suck at walking on land.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79759/tufted_duck_-_male_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79761/tufted_duck_-_two_females_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html AWD,Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Aythya fuligula,Europe,Netherlands,Tufted Duck,World,the Netherlands" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79761/tufted_duck_-_two_females_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html" title="Tufted Duck - two females, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/79761_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=Upnl6PZUl2XOhCTXSiBr%2Bk%2BEnP4%3D" width="200" height="122" alt="Tufted Duck - two females, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands Last March for our anniversary we paid a visit to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, a sort of natural park at the coast that has both recreational paths as well as some no-go natural areas. Within the Netherlands it is best known for its foxes. When seeing a top fox photo from the Netherlands, there&#039;s a good chance it&#039;s made here. Many photographers fail to mention the &quot;making of&quot;, the fact that these foxes are close to being domesticated. They are very used to people and occasionally have been lured/fed, which means they can be somewhat reliably seen and get within touch distance. Such as the first time I visited, and almost tripped over one:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/20602/fox_at_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen.html<br />
The park is known locally for a second reason: the deer problem. Due to a lack of predators (a nation-wide problem), there&#039;s no check on population growth which has led to overpopulation. Which in turn leads to public outcries on how cruel it is to shoot them. This raging debate applies to all our little snippets of semi-nature, there&#039;s no real space for a true wild.<br />
<br />
Anyway, back on topic. The Tufted Duck is named after its tuft, which both sexes have yet is larger and more explicit in the male. These ducks are highly specialized in water-feeding, they can dive down for long periods of time and their feet are positioned so far back as to optimize for diving and swimming upstream. As a result, they kind of suck at walking on land.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79759/tufted_duck_-_male_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79760/tufted_duck_-_two_males_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html AWD,Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Aythya fuligula,Europe,Netherlands,Tufted Duck,World,the Netherlands" /></a></figure> AWD,Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Aythya fuligula,Europe,Netherlands,Tufted Duck,World,the Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Tufted Duck - male, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands

Last March for our anniversary we paid a visit to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, a sort of natural park at the coast that has both recreational paths as well as some no-go natural areas. Within the Netherlands it is best known for its foxes. When seeing a top fox photo from the Netherlands, there's a good chance it's made here. Many photographers fail to mention the "making of", the fact that these foxes are close to being domesticated. They are very used to people and occasionally have been lured/fed, which means they can be somewhat reliably seen and get within touch distance. Such as the first time I visited, and almost tripped over one:

Fox at Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen This was my reward for the day. It took many hours to find this fox at the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen. I was happy to capture it just chilling next to the path, but it was already leaving after a minute. Just before it did, it turned its head and stared back into the sun, giving me good light for this shot.  Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Europe,Geotagged,Netherlands,Red Fox,The Netherlands,Vulpes vulpes

The park is known locally for a second reason: the deer problem. Due to a lack of predators (a nation-wide problem), there's no check on population growth which has led to overpopulation. Which in turn leads to public outcries on how cruel it is to shoot them. This raging debate applies to all our little snippets of semi-nature, there's no real space for a true wild.

Anyway, back on topic. The Tufted Duck is named after its tuft, which both sexes have yet is larger and more explicit in the male. These ducks are highly specialized in water-feeding, they can dive down for long periods of time and their feet are positioned so far back as to optimize for diving and swimming upstream. As a result, they kind of suck at walking on land.

Tufted Duck - two males, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands Last March for our anniversary we paid a visit to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, a sort of natural park at the coast that has both recreational paths as well as some no-go natural areas. Within the Netherlands it is best known for its foxes. When seeing a top fox photo from the Netherlands, there's a good chance it's made here. Many photographers fail to mention the "making of", the fact that these foxes are close to being domesticated. They are very used to people and occasionally have been lured/fed, which means they can be somewhat reliably seen and get within touch distance. Such as the first time I visited, and almost tripped over one:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/20602/fox_at_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen.html<br />
The park is known locally for a second reason: the deer problem. Due to a lack of predators (a nation-wide problem), there's no check on population growth which has led to overpopulation. Which in turn leads to public outcries on how cruel it is to shoot them. This raging debate applies to all our little snippets of semi-nature, there's no real space for a true wild.<br />
<br />
Anyway, back on topic. The Tufted Duck is named after its tuft, which both sexes have yet is larger and more explicit in the male. These ducks are highly specialized in water-feeding, they can dive down for long periods of time and their feet are positioned so far back as to optimize for diving and swimming upstream. As a result, they kind of suck at walking on land.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79759/tufted_duck_-_male_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79761/tufted_duck_-_two_females_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html AWD,Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Aythya fuligula,Europe,Netherlands,Tufted Duck,World,the Netherlands

Tufted Duck - two females, Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, Netherlands Last March for our anniversary we paid a visit to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen, a sort of natural park at the coast that has both recreational paths as well as some no-go natural areas. Within the Netherlands it is best known for its foxes. When seeing a top fox photo from the Netherlands, there's a good chance it's made here. Many photographers fail to mention the "making of", the fact that these foxes are close to being domesticated. They are very used to people and occasionally have been lured/fed, which means they can be somewhat reliably seen and get within touch distance. Such as the first time I visited, and almost tripped over one:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/20602/fox_at_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen.html<br />
The park is known locally for a second reason: the deer problem. Due to a lack of predators (a nation-wide problem), there's no check on population growth which has led to overpopulation. Which in turn leads to public outcries on how cruel it is to shoot them. This raging debate applies to all our little snippets of semi-nature, there's no real space for a true wild.<br />
<br />
Anyway, back on topic. The Tufted Duck is named after its tuft, which both sexes have yet is larger and more explicit in the male. These ducks are highly specialized in water-feeding, they can dive down for long periods of time and their feet are positioned so far back as to optimize for diving and swimming upstream. As a result, they kind of suck at walking on land.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79759/tufted_duck_-_male_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79760/tufted_duck_-_two_males_amsterdamse_waterleiding_duinen_netherlands.html AWD,Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen,Aythya fuligula,Europe,Netherlands,Tufted Duck,World,the Netherlands

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The Tufted Duck, ''Aythya fuligula'', is a medium-sized diving duck with a population of close to one million birds.

Similar species: Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded May 29, 2019. Captured Mar 2, 2019 08:44.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/200s
  • ISO450
  • 400mm