Aylmerton Nature Diary

Dodgy ducks

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Ducks, particularly the males, are normally pretty easy to identify, but by late summer they moult their feathers and all end up looking pretty much the same as each other! This, together with the fact that, at Felbrigg Lake, there’s always a rare assortment of Mallard/domestic hybrids to contend with, spotting something different can be a bit of a challenge. But yesterday evening I did mange to find a lone Wigeon in the flock. It’s overall ginger tones, metal-grey bill coloration, size and shape all helping to confirm the identification.

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