October 21, 2013

Send in the clowns

Send in the clowns by ricmcarthur
Send in the clowns, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This is a common shelduck that we saw in Spain last spring.

I find it to be quite comical looking with its upturned bill.
The whole shape of its head and the colouration makes me think of a clown.

They have an unusual profile when flying. Again the upturned bill and shape just make me smile.

Scientific stuff
Tadorna tadorna
The Common Shelduck resembles a small short-necked goose in size and shape. It is a striking bird, with a reddish-pink bill, pink feet, a white body with chestnut patches and a black belly, and a dark green head and neck.

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