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Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna ferruginea

Description:

This a follow up on a previous spotting of a ruddy shelduck outside of its normal distribution range. The duck is still at the same open Swiss pond a year later (I am assuming it's the same animal). This time it was spotted with a mate. The last Swiss census for this bird recorded only 15-25 breeding pairs.

Habitat:

Normal distribution range for this species is from south east Europe across central Asia to southeast China.

Notes:

Photographed on a dark day with the rain pouring down, hence the use of flash light. For the previous spotting see: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/619... For the another spotting of a very unusual duck at the same pond: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/619...

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9 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you MickGrant!

MickGrant
MickGrant 9 years ago

Nice group and quality!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks for the extra info Atul!

Glad you like them Aman!

Aman
Aman 9 years ago

These ducks look so cute!!

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

this duck also called Brahminy Duck
breeds in high altitude lakes and swamps in Jammu & Kashmir
i have never seen them
but i have the lesser whistling variety more commonly seen

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you Susan!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

the rain does add some effects...great work!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Atul. The weather was atrocious and there was really only me and the ducks out there!
Have you seen this duck in India? It is more at home in your country than in mine... Wikipedia has some nice notes about its symbolism in Indian literature.

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

fantastic Daniele great pics
in spite of the weather conditions snaps have come out verywell

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Martigny, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 17, 2011
Submitted on Jul 22, 2011

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