Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Species
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). Male. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs., on January 17th 2019.
Male. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs., on January 17th 2019.
(1/2500th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs., on January 17th 2019.
Female. Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs., on January 17th 2019.
(1/160th sec at f8. Click image for larger version . © David Hastings)
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna). Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 16th 2006.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 16th 2006.
(Click image for larger version. © 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

05-Oct-2019 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
04-Oct-2019 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (50+)
02-Oct-2019 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (40+)
23-May-2019 : Waulkmill, Aberdeenshire (6)
23-May-2019 : Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire
20-May-2019 : Grenitote, North Uist (1)
17-Jan-2019 : Slimbridge, Glos (100+)

28-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (4)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (13)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (20+)

31-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (12+)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (30+)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (12+)
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 : Milnthorpe, Cumbria (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)