Thursday, 19 January 2012

Mystery Teal




Derek found this duck at Waddon Ponds. Not sure what it is?

6 comments:

Graham James said...

Not 100 per cent sure Peter, but bill pattern looks good for Speckled Teal (aka Chilean Teal or Sharp-winged Teal).

Peter Alfrey said...

The bill pattern does look good for Speckled Teal but the plumage is more grey and contrasting with a prominent green speculum area on that species. I was wondering if it could be a hybrid with something like Speckled Teal or Yellow-billed Pintail?

Devil Birder said...

It was reported on the Croydon Birders site as a Yellow-billed Pintail a month or so ago

Falklandbirder said...

I see Speckled Teal & Yellow Billed Pintail all the time here in the Falkland Islands and I can tell you that it is neither of these species.

Cheers

Alan Henry
www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/falklandbirder

Peter Alfrey said...

how about a hybrid?

Falklandbirder said...

It is possible it is a hybrid.send me your email and I will send you a paper on the only know occurance of Speckeld teal/Yellow Billed Pintail hybrid know from the Falkland Islands.

Cheers

Alan

arhenry1965@gmail.com