Northern Shoveler – Anas Clypeata

Northern Shoveler visible diagnostic characteristic of the northern shoveler is its large spoon-shaped bill, which widens towards the tip and creates a shape unique among North American waterfowl. Male northern shovelers have an iridescent green head and neck, white chest and breast and chestnut belly and sides. They have a white stripe extending from the…

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Mallard or Common Mallard – Anas Platyrhynchos

Anas platyrhynchos, green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck is a familiar sight to many people living in the Northern hemisphere. In fact, the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide-ranging duck on Earth. Mallards prefer calm, shallow sanctuaries, but can be found in almost any body of freshwater across…

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Eurasian Wigeon – Anas Penelope

This winter visitor from Siberia is a close relative of the American Wigeon. The male Eurasian Wigeon in breeding plumage has a salmon-colored breast, pale gray body, and black undertail coverts. His head is dark rufous with a yellowish forehead. The wing has a green speculum with white coverts (the white is absent on the…

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Gadwall – Anas Strepera

Anas strepera dabbling duck, gadwalls lack any brilliant colorization. Though drab, on closer examination their coloring could be considered eye-catching. Drakes are a gray brown with a white abdomen and black rump and undertail coverts. They sport a white speculum that distinguishes them in flight from other ducks, along with a bit of black and…

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Common Shelduck – Tadorna Tadorna

The Common Shelduck is a large, somewhat goose-like duck with very dark green head, some black markings and chestnut breastband from the back of the neck to the beginning of the wings. Both sides of the body and back are white. The bill is red and drake has a little knob on the bill before…

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Ruddy Shelduck – Tadorna Ferruginea

Ruddy Shelduck distinctive duck with beautiful rusty orange plumage, the ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) looks very different from almost all other waterfowl.  The head is lighter than the body, with a white face and crown and often a dusky patch at the rear of the head. The neck is buffy and the stubby bill is…

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Greylag Goose – Anser Anser

The Greylag Goose is the species from which most farmyard geese were bred as can be seen by comparing their calls and the size, shape and colour of their bills and feet. In the wild the big deep-based bill, pink or orange is always diagnostic and the pink legs would rule out any species other…

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Greater White-Fronted Goose – Anser Albifrons

Breeding across the tundra from Nunavut to Siberia, across Russia, and in Greenland, the Greater White-fronted Goose has one of the largest ranges of any species of goose in the world. In North America, however, it is common only west of the Mississippi River, where it is found in large flocks in wetlands and croplands….

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Whooper Swan – Cygnus Cygnus

There are two populations of Whooper Swans, one breeding in Iceland, which migrates to the UK in winter, and another breeding in Scandinavia and Siberia and over-wintering in Western Europe. Also frequently found in Turkey.  Typical male weight is around11kg and the female 8kg. They have a yellow and black bill pattern, like Bewick’s Swans,…

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Mute Swan – Cygnus Olor

The mute swan is the largest and heaviest water bird in the British Isles. The male is known as the cob and the female as the pen. They appear identical but the male is larger, with a slightly longer head and body and wider wing span. The male has a larger knob or berry at…

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