The lesser scaup in Newquay
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Rare lesser scaup duck makes its home on Newquay lake

Bird-watchers from the south west have headed to a Cornish duck pond in the hope of spotting a rare duck.

The lesser scaup is a regular visitor to Hawaii but one has turned up on a boating lake in Newquay.

Birdwatcher, John Chaple, said: "This duck has found its home on Newquay boating lake, unbelievably, because it is such a small place. You'd think a wild duck would get spooked and be off in no time."

The duck can dive for up to 25 seconds and swim underwater for 15-18 metres (50-60 ft).

  • 21 Feb 2012
  • From the section England