Thursday, 13 August 2015

An identification challenge from a recent visit to Fowlmere.

Had us scratching our heads and consulting the guide books.

It had most of the characteristics of a Ruddy Shelduck but it wasn't, grey head ? ...... Hmmmm.

               This is a pair of Ruddy Shelducks that I photograped at Slipton last year

The staff at the visitor center held the answer ..... its a South African ( Cape ) Ruddy Shelduck and an escapee from a wildfowl collection.

Still, an interesting experience !.


  1. I love it when birds have us scratching our heads in confusion, you were headed in the right direct though. It had me confused and looking through books an interesting looking bird

  2. Love it Doug, sadly we are not challenged so often in Northants !