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- I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!
14 January, 2011
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
The Shelduck is not actually a duck, and It not a goose either! Scientifically, it placed between the two and actually, it s not hard to see why.
The diet of a Shelduck is somewhat different to ducks and geese who tend to be vegetarian, in that they eat enormous numbers if Hydrobia which are tiny molluscs that live in our estuary mud flats. Molluscs have shells hence the name - Shelduck. Easy!
Males and females are very similar but the male (as in this photo) has a broader brown waste band.
Shelduck make their nests in burrows, often those of Rabbits. How does such a large bird get down into such a relatively small hole?
Do you take photographs of Dorset and its nature? If so then please consider becoming a contributor to the new Nature of Dorset website which I have created and hope to develop in to the ultimate guide to what wildlife you can see in Dorset and where you can see it.
Go to www.natureofdorset.co.uk and then go to the 'Visitors Guide' to find out more.
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