Shelduck and Egyptian Geese are related. The Shelduck is between the size of a Mallard and a goose, and has very bold and distinctive colouring , so is quite easy to identify. The males and females are similarly coloured, but the male has a protuberance at the top of its bill. The female is a little smaller than the male. They can be found on coasts, estuaries and inland on reservoirs and gravel-pits, in most parts of the UK. Their Latin name ‘Tadorna Tadorna’ derives from a Celtic word meaning ‘pied’.
They nest in rabbit-holes, hollow trees and haystacks! Shelducks numbers increased slightly after 1965 but they are still on the amber list. The related Egyptian Goose was bred here for ornamental collections and has escaped and started to breed in the wild, especially in the east of England, where we saw these two on a bird reserve. Conditions: Cool, with growing cloud and light rain. Temperature: Max 3- Min 2c.