black head; red bill (Zoo; 2008-09-18)

Common Shelduck
Tadorna tadorna

Native Range: Eurasia and Africa

Notes: a distinctive long-legged duck with an upright stance when on land; little sexual dimorphism except that the drake has a larger knob at the base of his red bill.

ventral view on land; chestnut band across breast (Zoo; 2008-09-18)

swimming left; white-and-black-patterned body plumage (Zoo; 2008-09-18)

swimming right (Zoo; 2008-09-18)

bird in the wild (Poland; 2012-05-18)
showing white forewing patch in flight (Poland; 2012-05-18) posing for a portrait (Zoo; 2012-09-19)