Wildlife lovers in Great Barr have found a ray of sunshine in the recent bad weather with a rare duck making itself at home on Queslett Nature Reserve.
The drake (male) Red Crested Pochard was caught on camera by Observer reader Bob Bunn, who saw the colourful chap on the lakes at the back of Asda Queslett earlier this month.
There is a large population of Red Crested Pochard in Spain and with smaller numbers in France, Netherlands and Germany. Those in the UK tend to stay in the south of the country.
A spokesperson for the RSPB said: “Occasionally wild birds may come to the UK from the continent. In the UK breeding birds almost certainly all escaped from private bird collections.”
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