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(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae
Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna
(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae
Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna

Shelduck:     UK Status: Resident, re-enforced during the winter by an influx of over wintering migrants.

Habitat: This chunky duck is larger than the Mallard, but smaller than a goose. They can be found in largish pools, lakes, reservoirs, flooded gravel pits, river estuaries and quite often in the sea near to the shore. They like the banks around the water to be flat and with a muddy, sandy or gravel surface for feeding.

Breeding: Shelduck is of concern at the moment, as their numbers appear to be declining year, by year. This bird nests in old rabbit burrows, hollow tree trunks, haystacks, and other such hideaways. As rabbits in the distant past were a human source of food, Shelduck were persecuted for competing with the rabbits.

Comment: Probably most common around the coast line of the British Isles, but found quite often inland.

 

 

(Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758) (Linnaeus 1758)
Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae Anseriformes - Anatidae
Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna Shelduck Duck - Anas tadorna

       

 

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