Sakata, Niigata, Japan
This is a new duck for me. Taken early Autumn last year at Sakata, Niigata. I walked around reeds to have a look at a hidden pool and there it was. I surprised it and just got the above shot, then the below flight shot as it took off. Sad to chop off its wings but happy with it otherwise.
Apparently they are known to birders as "Fudge Ducks", hence my title.
....and it suits the regret about chopping of the wings.
A week later I photographed the ratty looking Eurasian Teal at Fukushimagata. (see below)
Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan