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191228 hybrid duck (1)

During today’s wander, I spotted this duck sitting on a log alongside the River Ely, preening.

191228 hybrid duck (2)

I presume it’s a hybrid Mallard of some kind, as Mallards do seem inclined to hybridise with many other types of duck. In this case, I’d guess one parent was a domestic species but it’s impossible to know.

191228 hybrid duck (3)

It was certainly a very handsome creature, a beautiful combination of clean crisp white and glossy dark green.

191228 hybrid duck (4)