Bird Watching (UK) - - Id Challenge -

There is enough of this bathing bird on show to see that it is a duck (the ‘spat­u­late’ bill is enough of give­away on its own). We only have the front end to look at though, in­clud­ing the head, bill, breast and a bit of the belly and a hint of flank feath­er­ing. Start­ing at the bill, this is black and moder­ately pro­por­tioned. The head is dark brick red, with a bot­tle green patch around and be­hind the eye, bor­dered by a very fine yel­low­ish line, which also traces down to the rear edge of the bill. The breast is pale with reg­u­larly ar­ranged darker spots and the flanks are very finely barred (‘ver­mic­u­lated’, if you will...). All these fea­tures com­bined point to this be­ing a drake Teal.

Key fea­tures

The bill and gen­eral shape ex­claim ‘duck!’

Brick red head with green patch and yel­low lines

Pale, speck­led breast

Ver­mic­u­lated flanks

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