A male Shelduck floating on the gentle current at a small reservoir, Winter, UK. Lying at water level for several hours is not the most comfortable activity but well worth it to get right down to eye level with the birds and minimise distractions.
More About the Shelduck
The common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) is a large colourful duck, similar in size and appearance to a small short-necked goose. These striking birds have a reddy pink bill, a dark green head and neck and chestnut patches on the white breast and wings. Shelducks are typically found on coastal waters, however they can also be seen on inland lakes and reservoirs, particularly during the Winter months when the UK population gets a significant boost. Both male and female Shelducks are similar in appearance however the females are smaller with small white facial markings, The male is particularly striking in the breeding season and has a bright red bill with a very prominent lump where it meets the forehead.
More information on Shelducks can be found on the RSPB website.
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