ID Chal­lenge

Test your wild­fowl knowl­edge this month

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

THIS MONTH’S CHAL­LENGE IS ALL ABOUT DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS, AKA WILD­FOWL

In the UK we are blessed with great num­bers of wild­fowl, ar­riv­ing over here dur­ing the au­tumn to win­ter in our rel­a­tively mild country with its ‘is­land cli­mate’. Ad­di­tion­ally, we have breed­ing ducks and a few geese and swans, most of which will re­main with us for the win­ter pe­riod. So, at any time of year, it should be pos­si­ble to add sev­eral wild­fowl species to any day list. Luck­ily, sum­mer is draw­ing to an end.

Dur­ing the sum­mer months, many of our ducks (or rather drakes) go into what is known as ‘eclipse’ plumage, and males and fe­males look very sim­i­lar, mak­ing things pretty con­fus­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. But that time is over, so here are some dif­fer­ent chal­lenges for you, with more of an au­tum­nal theme. Iden­tify these six wild­fowl species, then turn for the an­swers and so­lu­tions and turn again for some ex­tra iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tips.

BIRD 6

BIRD 5

BIRD 3

BIRD 1

BIRD 4

BIRD 2

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