National Geographic : 1934 Oct
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. © National Geographic Society THE RUDDY DUCK IS KNOWN BY 61 DIFFERENT NAMES With fanlike tail, bull neck, and pugnaciously uptilted bill, a ruddy, alias "fool duck," "sleepy duck," "blatherskite," and so on, proudly escorts his lady. Near the shore, fat male ruddies in winter plumage struggle to rise from the water. Two lesser scaup ducks, sometimes called " blackheads" and often seen in huge rafts on the bays and inlets of the Atlantic coast, swim toward the left, leading a pair of greater scaups, also portrayed above in flight.