Puddle Ducks vs. Diving Ducks. Puddle Duck vs. Diver Ducks. Characteristics: Large wing/body size Legs central Colorful speculum Take off straight up Sit high on the water Walk on land easily Toe not lobed Body more horizontal Small foot/body size Can feed on land
Canvasback (diver) Pintail (puddle duck)
Colored area is called the Speculum
Canvasback Scaup Common merganser Common goldeneye
Blue-wing teal Green-wing teal Shoveler Wood duck
Mallard GadwalWigeon Cinnamon Teal
The bufflehead picture is of two birds. See the swirl? One just dove under.
The Shovelers are dabbling.
The geese, swans and mallards are feeding on land.
Divers: Legs are further back making it harder to walk on land but better for swimming.
Puddle ducks: Legs are central, can walk on land easily.
Penguin (not a waterfowl)
Puddle Diver Loon, Grebe
Divers run on the water to take off where as puddle ducks can take off straight up. This is because of their wing/body size. So divers are found in more open water and puddle ducks can be found in weedy marshes and on land.