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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography
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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Ruddy Shelduck [Tadorna ferruginea]

Not a very nice day to go birding, overcast and merky.

The majority of Ruddy Shelducks in the UK are unlikely to be genuine wild vagrants from their native range. Escapes from captivity are frequent and these account for a number of sightings. However small influxes of this species appear each autumn, usually involving immature birds, and it now seems likely that these derive from an burgeoning feral population which exists in Continental Europe. This species has not yet become established as a ferally breeding bird in the UK, but it has bred here (including in Norfolk) and these birds may perhaps account for some of the flocks that have been seen in Norfolk recently. [gobirding.eu]







47 comments:

  1. i love the color on this ruddy shelduck... it's such a beauty... it looks happy to be there regardless of how it arrived... hope all is well. have a great day~

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  2. I've never seen a duck that color--beautiful, and beautifully caught by your eye, Bob. Our weather is much like your's. Happy May Day, nonetheless!

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  3. Bob, You get too close and I am always too far away. I've never seen one of these but if I did it would be a rear view departing at full speed. A cracker it is.

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  4. Le tue foto sono perfette con dettagli molto precisi. Complimenti, ciao e buona festa del lavoro! ciao Cri : )

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  5. Fantastic pictures - beautiful Bob!!
    Hug Crissi

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  6. .°º。✿✿° ·.
    Fotos muito lindas!!!
    A primeira e a segunda foto são incríveis!!!!

    Bom 1º de maio!
    Ótimo mês de maio.
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil..°º。
    ✿✿° ·.

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  7. Such cool close-ups! Very pretty bird.

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  8. What a great photo of the Cascara.
    All perfectly photographed Bob, my compliments.
    Greetings Irma

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  9. The overcast created a nice backdrop for your birds.

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  10. Hola Bob todas magnifcias.Un abrazo

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  11. Lieber Bob,
    wenn auch das Wetter nicht so schön war, so hast du tolle Fotos mitgebracht.
    Solche Gänse habe ich in Natura noch nicht gesehen. Herrlich das brandrote
    Gefieder.
    Und danke für die tolle Musik.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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  12. hij kwam toch nog even tevoorschijn.

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  13. Great shots Bob!!Fantastic closeups!
    Happy Birthday to you and your beloved ones!
    Dimi...

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    1. Actually Dimi, my birthday isn't until 30th, sorry.

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  14. Stunning close ups, lovely light (even for a murky day), giving great detail.
    Dave

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  15. I am delighted with the portraits of duck !!!
    Greetings

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  16. Gorgeous bird - and love those preening shots. Thank you. And I hope your day improves. Grey here today too. Very grey.

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    1. Today, looks like we are in to the wether, not very nice, but it's not raining.

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  17. Beautiful shots of the duck.

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  18. Fico sempre encantada com as tuas fotos! Consegues excelentes fotos com ângulos fantásticos. Um abraço, Bob!

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  19. One thing I don't miss are the horrible overcast days of England!

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  20. Wow! These are stunning photos of this very pretty duck!!!

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  21. HI Bob Fantastic close up shots even it was not a good weather day for you. Have a great weekend.

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  22. Fantastic portraits, Bob. I hope the weather is better today. It's a bit grey here. No sun. Enjoy your day. Greetings, Joke

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  23. They are beautiful. They look like they have fur rather than feathers. If they are feral, I wonder what their impact is on the habitat for native birds?

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  24. HALLO BOB,
    great close up , very nice details... too good sir, have a good day.

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    1. I'll try, and you have beautiful day too.

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  25. Bob splendor, fantastic shots!
    (your comment at Forever Family made ​​me laugh, it was amazing)

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  26. De beaux portraits ! Merci Bob

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  27. I love these ducks!!!. Are so beautiful.. Nice portrait Bob.. Congrats..

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    1. Thank you Ana for noting the details.

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  28. I love such a tight close-up.

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  29. You've captured some gorgeous close ups here!

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