British wildlife recordings
Tadorna tadorna : Shelduck - Anatidae
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Axmouth, Devon: OS Grid Reference(325500,91500)
Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
A male and female shelduck calling, recorded at Axmouth, Devon. Shelducks are generally considered to be coastal birds that inhabit sandy shores, mudflats and estuaries. They can be seen along the coasts of England, much of Ireland and at a few locations in Scotland. Diet includes a range of aquatic invertebrates that are collected by sweeping the bill through sediment and extracting suitable food items. They possess highly distinctive features such as a bright red bill, green-black head and neck, and white body possessing rich brown areas. This species is not particularly vocal with the males occasionally producing a sweet whistle while the females emit low growls.