Caption Group
Bob McGowan/National Museums Scotland

18. Male Falcated Duck Mareca falcata (shot), Shapinsay, Orkney, 24th November 2000 (National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, accession number NMS.Z 2002.86). Material from this specimen was taken for stable-isotope analysis of deuterium signatures, to attempt to show if these would indicate that the bird had originated from the species’ natural range in the eastern Palearctic; unfortunately, the analysis was inconclusive.

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