Is this a juvenile shelduck?

I've never seen a juvenile shelduck before, but I was wondering if this could be one?  The only this is, this had bright orange legs, whereas the pictures I've seen of juvies had much paler, almost greyish legs?

I am rubbish with ducks!  I just can't seem to learn them.  I am trying, honest guv!

  • I have never seen one and it does look like one but will see what the experts say Kiera.


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  • No, Kiera, I don't think it is although I can see why you might have thought it was. In any event you wouldn't find a Juvenile Shelduck around at this time of year.

    Here's one I photographed back in June.

    I reckon it might be a so called Manky Mallard. The curly tail is a good indication of its origins. They come in sorts of shapes, sizes and colours as you will see if you click on the link.



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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Thank you so much TeeJay!  It looks a bit like the pictures of the 'Indian Runner Duck' on the page you send me (but not spot on).  I have never heard of 'Manky Mallards' - I shall be looking out for them in future :)