Tufted Ducks and Tunnicliffe’s Brooke Bond Bird Portraits

There’s a pair of Tufted Ducks at Stover Country park:

Tufted Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are spectacular birds and I enjoy watching and photographing them for quite a while:

Back home I look them up in the Brooke Bond tea cards album from 1957 illustrated by Charles Tunnicliffe:

Tunnicliffe's Bird Portraits - The Hall of Einar

The illustration is characteristically brilliant:

The Hall of Einar - Tunnicliffe

“The female is much browner then the male (here shown) and her crest is not so long as his.”

It’s true:

To me, they seem like a floating fashion parade:

Tufted Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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