Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Species
Drake Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). Taken at Kayhaven, Hants on June 1st 2016.
Drake. Taken at Kayhaven, Hants on June 1st 2016.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. )
Female Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on November 27th 2011.
Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on November 27th 2011. Click image for larger version.
(1/500th sec at f11)
Juvenile Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 16th 2006.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 16th 2006. Click image for larger version.
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© David Hastings

Description

L: 55 - 65 cm; WS: 100 - 120 cm
 
The Shelduck is a mainly white duck, larger than a mallard but smaller than geese. It has a particularly prominent red bill, black-green head, and chestnut and white upperparts. In flight, Shelducks look heavy and have slow-beating wings. The male is larger than the female.
 
The Shelduck is common around the British coastline.
 
It frequents salt marshes and estuaries. It can also be found around inland at reservoirs and gravel workings.
 
As many as 81000 birds spend the winter in the UK.
 
This species has amber status on the UK list.
 

Sightings

15-Mar-2017:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(4)
02-Mar-2017:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(2)

04-Jul-2016:Leighton Moss, Lancashire(4)
03-Jul-2016:R. Kent estuary(7)
02-Jun-2016:Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants(6)
01-Jun-2016:Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants(10)
27-Apr-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1m,1f)
25-Feb-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(2)
04-Feb-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(3)

24-Oct-2015:Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
23-Oct-2015:Cley Marshes, Norfolk(3)
22-Oct-2015:Snettisham, Norfolk
01-May-2015:Arne, Dorset(12)
30-Apr-2015:Arne, Dorset(13+)
10-Apr-2015:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(2)
25-Mar-2015:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(6)

01-Aug-2014:Leighton Moss, Lancashire(1)
02-Jul-2014:North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorkshire(1)
08-May-2014:Newport, Pembrokeshire(4)
04-May-2014:Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion(32+)
03-Apr-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(12)
24-Mar-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(10)
20-Mar-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(8)

29-Oct-2013:Slimbridge, Glos
26-Jun-2013:Hickling Broad, Norfolk(5)
24-Jun-2013:Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk(8)
24-Jun-2013:Salthouse, Norfolk(3)
20-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)