Shelduck (also Common Shelduck) Tadorna tadorna

Common Shelduck
Common Shelduck
The Shelduck, also called Common Shelduck to differentiate from non-northern-European species, is prevalent in coastal areas of much of Europe and inland areas of (mainly Central) Asia.
Shelduck Shelduck pair
Shelduck male Sheldrake has a green tinge to his black head
Shelduck female Shelduck female has a different bill
The female has similar plumage to the male but a different bill without the red "face-plate".
Shelduck
Shelduck She seems so much smaller than the male
Shelduck
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.
Shelduck The rare two-headed Shelduck
Shelduck Shelly saw in her reflection that her diet wasn't working.
Shelduck The drake breeding plumage has an enlarged red knob on his bill.
Shelducks
Shelducks fighting
Shelducks fighting
In the breeding season, Shelduck are argumentative birds, both with their own kind and with other duck species.
Shelducks
Shelducks
Shelduck and Mallard Female Shelduck arguing with Mallard
Showing the green wing feathers (speculum) which reflect metallic green in the sunlight.
Shelducks
Shelducks
Shelduck and Mallard
Both male and female show a green tinge to their heads in sunlight.