Ducks go from ‘drab’ to ‘fab’ at Norfolk reserve

Mallard male in summer 'drab': CREDIT Nigel Cooke/WWT

Mallard male in summer 'drab': CREDIT Nigel Cooke/WWT - Credit: Archant

Ducks are flocking to a west Norfolk wetland habitat, after a hectic summer on their breeding grounds.

Having travelled thousands of miles to Welney, near Downham Market, they can rest and refuel and grow their new brightly coloured feathers, going from 'drab' to 'fab' in the process.

Leigh Marshall, manager at the WWT centre, said: 'Visitors can watch the ducks feeding, preening and resting up close. This gives people new to bird watching the chance to familiarise themselves with the different species. One top tip is to look towards the bottom end of the duck, for a solid coloured patch called the speculum, which is a different colour in each species; purple-blue for mallard, black and white for wigeon, blue for shoveler, white for gadwall and green for teal.'

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