A female (or eclipse male) dabbling duck seen by itself can pose considerable problems in identification. Unless it flaps its wings, the revealing speculum colour often remains completely obscured. The presence of other species for comparison greatly helps, while an accompanying male in full plumage, as now shown here, though not last month,should always clinch it. This bird is obviously a fe

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