Thursday 5 April 2012: White-cheeked Pintail (Escapee)
The White cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamensis) is a dabbling duck of the Caribbean, South America, and the Galápagos Islands. It occurs on waters with a degree of salinity, such as brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps, feeding on aquatic plants and small creatures obtained by dabbling.
It is popular in wildfowl collections, and escapees are frequently seen in a semi-wild condition in Europe. This one has taken up residence at Tyttenhanger Fishing Lakes which are definitely not saline, brackish, estuarine or indeed a mangrove swamp, but it seems happy.