We went for a walk today, like you do, to blow away the Christmas cobwebs. A lake near our house gives us a pleasant stroll without having to use a car first
and today it gave us one thing to marvel at, and another to wonder at. The thing that we marvelled at was the steady stream of cars going into the McDonald’s drive-thru just across from the lake. On Boxing day! Have these people never heard of bubble and squeak?
Anyway we pressed on round the lake where there are shellducks, cormorants, mallards, canada geese, dabchicks, coots, moorhens, tufted ducks, common gulls and terns and this mystery bird . . .
It’s a duck captain, but not as we know it. Rather dapper though don’t you think? I can’t find it in books or on google images. I’m guessing its a hybrid of some sort but of what? It’s bigger than a mallard but not as big as a goose. I’ve seen pictures of greeny black ducks, but they don’t have that coppery coloured head. My guess is that a shellduck has been got at by perhaps a mallard or ???.
Can anyone out there shed any light?