Ruddy Shelduck

More ducks…..this time a less-commonly seen species….

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These are Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), a species native to South-East Europe, Asia and North Africa.  They are sometimes seen in the UK, but rarely breed here, and most birds here are escapes from captive populations where they are kept as ‘ornamentals’.  So, an interesting sight on the Trent, where these were spotted by Nic Cairns, near Trent Bridge.

Thanks to Nic for the photo.

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