Shelduck pair (also called Common Shelduck)
Sheldrake, has a green tinge to his black head
Shelduck female has a different bill without the red "face-plate"
The word Shelduck means pied waterfowl (English) as does it's scientific name
Tadorna (Celtic), although Shelduck now refers to several species of large duck midway to small geese.
The rare two-headed Shelduck
Shelly saw in her reflection that her diet wasn't working.
The sheldrake in breeding plumage has an enlarged red knob on his bill.
The female has similar plumage to the male but a different bill.
The Shelduck is prevalent in coastal areas of much of Europe and inland areas of (mainly Central) Asia.
In the breeding season, Shelduck are argumentative birds, both with their own kind and with other duck species.
Showing the dark green wing feathers (speculum)
which reflect metallic green in the sunlight
Female Shelduck arguing with Mallard
Male Shelduck chasing away another male
Both male and female show a green tinge to their heads in sunlight.