Monday, 17 March 2008

Black Duck and Rose-coloured Starling, Pembrokeshire

Female Black Duck near Dale at Marloes Mere - note the diagnostic purple speculum bordered by narrow black edges and lacking white. Never the most exciting of birds, but still real rarity. This female is possibly paired with a male Mallard, and as hybridisation is frequently recorded between the two species, there could be some real tough ID challenges in Pembrokeshire in the future should these two decide to breed!


Two images of the 1st-winter Rose-coloured Starling from Haverfordwest feeding in the back gardens of Portfield.

All videograbs by Steve Evans. For more, visit Steve's website at: