Hi Caroline, this thread: www.rspb.org.uk/.../108794.aspx gives guidance on how to post images.
It's certainly possible you saw a Fulvous Whistling Duck - they are pretty distinctive and, while not native to the UK, a lot of zoos/wildlife parks/wildfowl collections keep them - and escapes sometimes happen!
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In reply to aiki:
Hi Caroline, I have just been to Brereton Nature Reserve as its only 20 mins. down the road from where I live and have seen the Fulvous Whistling Duck which seems very approachable so I took lots of photos. Do you have your pics ready to put up yet as I'd love to see them and I don't want to upload mine before you have had a chance to show your photos. Just use Aiki's link above to learn how to upload photos and give a shout if you get stuck. Well spotted on the Fulvous Whistling Duck, its a very attractive looking duck.
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In reply to HAZY:
In reply to Caroline W:
I have now put 3 pictures of the duck on the thread- hope they are clear enough! All very exciting!!! Is there any way of knowing if he is a foreign visitor or has escaped from somewhere local?
well done uploading the photos Caroline, nice to see such an exotic duck. I notice it wasn't ringed so not sure where this duck came from, can only assume he is an escapee but them again I would have expected it to be ring tagged. Perhaps others can tell us what they think. There is a private home in Mobberley (Cheshire) that have lots of exotic waterfowl including Whistling Ducks but theirs are ringed from what I have seen. They open their gardens to the public each year as part of the National Garden scheme.
Is it still there or has it left. I saw one in Portugal last month, perhaps heading home to Africa. www.projectnoah.org/.../1900866003
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