- twitchers – please help identify a couple of ducks I saw yesterday
Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Shipley, West Yorkshire, Saturday approx 4.30pm – I only got a fleeting look as I was driving over the Dock Lane swingbridge, but here goes…
two ducks, most likely males considering their plumage, in amongst a group of male and female mallards which I don’t have any problem identifying – they were definitely not mallards.
They seemed bigger than the mallards; brownish back, green neck & head, white chest. RSPB site suggests Shovelers, but I didn’t see the beaks so can’t confirm.
similar but their backs seemed more brown than this. The site also suggests they may be resident or borderline summer visitors
nul points for anyone that says “baby robin” 😉Posted 5 years ago
sorry to mislead you, I posted the picture after I’d been on the RSPB website and already decided they were shovelers…
but that’s the best match to my original description…
.. of course, I could have just discovered the lesser greater Shipley duck that looks like no other duck in the world except perhaps a shoveler… latin name duckii shipleyii drummeriiPosted 5 years ago
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