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How big was it please ?
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It was the same size as the mallards on the pond. Thank you
I recently flicked through a book on the birds of Europe and it looks a bit like a Ruddy Shelduck. I can definitely not be certain.
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Looking at the Essex Birdwatching site one is recorded at Hanningfield Reservoir recently. Not a million miles away from your observation.
It does look a bit like a juvenile Ruddy Shelduck - if so it is likely to be a "wirehopper" rather than a wild bird
Definitely not Ruddy Shelduck as the shape is all wrong. Some kind of "mongrel" Mallard for me
Ali is right, not a Ruddy Shelduck but some sort of Mallard type hybrid
Lat/Lng: 51.578, 0.455
OS grid ref: TQ702894