17th September 2023 - whilst on his regular Sunday walk around Granta Park, David F spotted a pair of unusual ducks by the lake. On closer inspection, it became clear these were a pair of Ruddy Shelduck. Native to Central Asia, these ducks are often kept in collections in the UK, and some time ago now several escaped and established as a wild population. Both male and female are a rich rufous colour, with the male being slightly larger and the female having a paler face.
In one of David's photos, you can also see three Mandarin Duck, which are believed to have successfully bred on GP this year, and a small wader on the edge of the water - a Common Sandpiper.