Martin Mere, Rufford, Burscough, Southport, Lancashire, UK 29th April, 2015. Five White-faced whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) a long-legged duck with a conspicuous white face and neck patch, with black and brown plumage. Avian spring at the Martin Mere Nature Reserve Wetland Centre. Ducks & Drakes in breeding plumage giving territorial displays along the boundaries of their territory, expressing chasing behaviour, precopulatory and complex courtship displays, many of which incorporate movements that emphasize the drake's ornamental plumage.

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The adult male has the front half of head and throat white. The remainder of head and neck are black with a white patch on the underside of the neck. Lower neck and wing shoulders are chestnut; the flanks barred black on white; the rest of underparts, underside of wings, rump and tail black; back and scapulars olive brown edged with golden buff. The iris is brown, the bill black, feet, toes and webs blue with black markings. The female is similar but the front of head and the neck spot are tinged with rust colour.
Location: Martin Mere, Rufford, Burscough, Southport, Lancashire, UK

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