|The assembled masses watching Greg ring his first Shelduck|
The group are particularly keen to catch Shelduck as they have a long-term colour-ringing project on these birds, so catching two new birds was better than nothing. Both were juveniles, one male and one female, so it was a good opportunity to compare the sexes side-by-side.
|Female Shelduck,sexed by the dull bill and pale flecking on the face|
|All Shelduck are also ringed with a single coded yellow ring,|
remarkably similar to our own Peregrine colour rings!
After failing to find any of our colour-ringed gulls in Falmouth, in the fading light I stopped off briefly at Devoran where a roost flock of Curlew produced this rather smart colour-ringed bird. It looks to be from The Netherlands, but we'll have to wait and see.
Thanks to Adrian Bayley for the group photos at Axe Estuary and Greg Wills for the Shelduck photos.