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Duck in the Shetlands

Observed: 11th December 2010 By: inopinatus
unknown bird
Description:

Spotted a strange pair of ducks on a recent visit to the Shetland Isles (male pictured, didn't get a shot of the female or a close enough view for a decent description). They were sitting in Scalloway Harbour. Unless it's a domestic breed, I've no idea what it could be. Anyone got any thoughts?

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Syrphus's picture

One of the great things about

One of the great things about Shetland birds is their dialect names (also used in Orkney and sometimes more widely in Scotland, while Bonxie is recognised throughout Britain).

I mentioned Calloo for Long-tailed Duck a while ago. Eider is the Dunter.

A glossary is at http://norn-english.webs.com/animalnames.htm, showing the Scandinavian connections.

M.

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recording wildlife with The Recorder's Year on www.hbrg.org.uk/TRY.html.