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By late autumn, garganeys are on their African wintering grounds, where they gather in big flocks, just as other ducks do in the UK in winter. The male in breeding plumage is dark grey with a white striped edged with black along the length of its body, and a mustard-coloured triangle on the side of its rump.

Guide to UK Duck Identification The NHBS Guide to UK Duck Identification

The gadwall is a fairly common, large dabbling duck, similar in shape to the mallard, with a square head, steep, sloping forehead, and slim bill. These species winter in Britain in large numbers, with more birds present in years when the weather conditions elsewhere in Europe are particularly poor. However, several species are with us in good numbers all year round, and there is one (the garganey) which is a summer visitor to the UK. The males have a very elaborate plumage of orange, green, blue, white, and brown, with a bright pinkish-red bill.

Distribution: Present in almost all coastal areas in the UK year-round, as well as some inland waters such as reservoirs. In describing the species, it is possible that he made of use of a painting in the collection of Lady Impey, wife of Sir Elijah Impey who was Chief Justice of court in Calcutta from 1774 to 1783.

Pink-headed duck - Wikipedia Pink-headed duck - Wikipedia

It is also rather uncommon, and because we only see it in the breeding season we rarely see more than a couple at a time. Goosanders are diving ducks and like other sawbills have serrations on the bill which enables them to grip fish easily.Once they settle down to nest, they become extremely shy, but you will have a second chance to see them in late summer, when they have finished breeding. Another, more dubious report stated that shortly after a failed expedition in the area by Birdlife International ended, a local hunter caught a live male and a female or juvenile pink-headed duck, and contacted Myanmar's Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association to sell it to them for a fee. Summer is also a time when young birds are beginning to make their own way in the world and many won’t yet have reached a recognisable plumage. They are now quite widespread and are of course very easily identified, particularly the colourful male. Common scoters will gather in large ‘rafts’ at favourite feeding spots, which can be some way out at sea – you may need a telescope to get a good look at them.

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