Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
|Common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)||Winter Visitor|
The common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) is a waterfowl species shelduck genus Tadorna. It is widespread and common in Eurasia, mainly breeding in temperate and wintering in subtropical regions; in winter, it can also be found in the Maghreb. Its scientific name comes from Celtic roots and means “pied waterfowl”, essentially the same as the English “shelduck”.
This is a bird which breeds in temperate Eurasia. Most populations migrate to subtropical areas in winter, but this species is largely resident in westernmost Europe, apart from movements to favoured moulting grounds, such as the Wadden Sea on the north German coast.
The common shelduck is common around the coastline of Great Britain (where it is simply known as shelduck), where it frequents salt marshes and estuaries.
Further Information: Wikipedia
Where these can be seen: Common in Langstone harbour