Identifying Quarry Species
Learn more about Identifying the various species of ducks and geese down on the River.
The most common of all Duck, The males are Identified by there iridescent bottle green head and neck separated by a white band from its chestnut coloured body with a blue-purple band on its wings and a greenish-yellow bill and orange legs. The female mallard is similar in the body but has a chestnut plumage from head to tail with the matching male blue-purple band on its wings.
The European green winged teal is the smallest duck on the list, the males have a glossy chestnut head with a iridescent curving green stripe with a narrow cream edging running from eye to the back of the neck and a white horizontal stripe above the wings and a proponent green speculum is present in both male and females with a dark grey brown coloured body.
The Male in winter plumage has a pale yellow for head and crown with a pinky grey breast and grey back and tail. The white forewing converts can be seen clearly in flight. The female is mostly a rusty mottled chestnut colour and share the lighter belly of the male.
Similar to a mallard in flight the Gadwell is slightly smaller, the drake is predominantly grey with a brown tinged back. The female is very mallard like but shares the white speculum of the male.
The male tufted has a black head, chest, back and tail with a pure white flanks, the head is shot with purple and the chest seems to have a greenish tinge. The bill is blue-grey with black tip the legs are grey and the eye is bright orange. The females are coloured dark brown and the flanks pale brown.
The males are red-brown head, black breast and neck and a slate grey back. The bill is blue-grey with black tip and red eyes, the females are a dull brown.
Both sexes of Canada geese have black head and neck except for broad white cheek patches extending from the throat to the rear of the eye the females are often smaller.
The Greyleg goose is greyish-brown, with darker head and paler belly with variable black spots. Its plumage is shaped by the pale fringes of its feathers.
The Pink foot goose is pinkish grey with a dark head and neck, pink bill and pink feet and legs. Its size is smaller than a mute swan but bigger than a mallard.