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Group: 
Birds

The familiar shape of the duck is quite distinctive, but there are lots of species!

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna ferruginea
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Associated with south east Asia and the Indian sub-continent so any specimens seen in Dorset are likely to escapes from collections.


 

 

Photo by:
Hellyhorro

Shelduck

Tadorna tadorna
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A familiar large bird found on the mudflats around Poole and Christchurch harbours.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Wigeon

Anas penelope
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A common duck on the shores of Dorset in winter, multicoloured with a yellow forehead on a maroon head.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Gadwall

Anas strepera
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Usually seen in the company of other ducks, especially mallard, this is a species of fresh water habitat.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos
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Our most common duck that can be found anywhere there is water (salt and fresh), anywhere in Britain (both inland and coastal) and at any time of year (winter and summer). 


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Pintail

Anas acuta
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A winter visiting duck species found in Poole Harbour.


 

 

Photo by:
Frank Gardener

Shoveler

Anas clypeata
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Another duck that is far more common in winter and recognisable by the large beak and white colouring with rusty sides


 

Photo by:
Mark Wright

Teal

Anas crecca
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A winter visitor in substantial numbers to Christchurch Harbour, Poole Harbour, Radipole/Lodmoor and the Fleet.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Garganey

Anas querquedula
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An occasional winter visitor to the shores of Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Martin Wood

Pochard

Aythya ferina
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Often seen in the company of tufted ducks in fresh water locations and more common in winter.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Scaup

Aythya marila
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A sea duck that visits Dorset most winters in small numbers


 

 

Photo by:
Paul Watts

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula
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A widespread species of duck almost always on fresh water lakes and ponds, throughout Dorset.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Eider

Somateria milissima
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A famiar species in northern Britain but only occasionally do they venture this far south


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Long-tailed Duck

Clangula hyemalis
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A winter visitor to northern Britain but occasionally seen in Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Common Scoter

Mellanita nigra
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A sea duck seen off of the Dorset coast in winter


 

 

Photo by:
Richard Charmouth

Velvet Scoter

Melanitta fusca
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Normally associated with North Sea coasts in winter but occasional visitors off shore in Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula
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A winter visitor to Poole Harbour and other salt water locations.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Smew

Mergus albellus
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Small numbers over-winter in Dorset each year.


 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator
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A species of sea duck found off shore and in natural harbours in winter.


 

 

Photo by:
Debby Saunders

Goosander

Mergus merganser
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An occasional winter visitor to lower stretches of Dorset rivers.


 

 

Photo by:
Wawlee

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensisr

A north American relative of our common teal that occasionally finds its way to Dorset 


 

 

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

A small vagrant duck from North America rarely seen in Britain.


 

 

Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
A vagrant species native to north America but it occasionally escapes from private collections in the United Kingdom