Those with Webbed Feet

Those with Webbed Feet

All about the British Ducks, Geese and Swans

An informative, entertaining and educational guide to the British ducks, geese and swans, covering 34 species of birds. It has been designed to enthuse and encourage young readers but is equally appealing to anyone with a new interest in birds, especially waterfowl.

Author: Edward Giles
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 14 August 2017
Format and Pages: Paperback 160pp
ISBN: 9781908241573
Retail Price: £12.99
Our Discount Price: £10.40

Sample text from Those with Webbed Feet


So, the main purpose of this book is to introduce waterfowl to enthusiasts of a similar age to when I started, as well as to older generations, perhaps as yet not so experienced in this field. The book embraces the fascinations and fundamentals associated with this family of birds, including, where appropriate, their domestic rearing and aviculture. The design and content is intended to be easily accessible for the broad spectrum of readers, whilst at the same time revealing and indeed emphasising the amazing characteristics of waterfowl.


Did you know?

The Bewick’s swan takes its name from the acclaimed wood engraver, artist, and naturalist Thomas Bewick who lived from 1753-1828.


The Bewick’s swan is the smallest of the swans in Britain. Males and females differ in size but have identical plumage; youngsters are grey with pinkish bills.


Often migrate and winter in family parties. This can be up to four generations; joining with other families to form large congregations. They are comfortable on land, Bewick’s spend more time grazing than the other swans.


Large estuaries and shallow tundra pools in Siberia are used. In winter, they prefer shallower coastal areas, estuaries and flooded meadows, including the WWT Slimbridge centre.


A softer and more musical resonance than Whoopers; when alarmed, a ‘howk’ is repeated.


Small islands along river estuaries, plus lakes and the edges of tundra pools.


At times, you may observe a duck or even a goose that neither looks or sounds familiar and doesn’t feature in any of your field guides and identification books. Unlike the songbirds that dart from tree to tree and in and out of bushes or hedgerows, waterfowl are comparatively much easier to watch. The patterning and distinctiveness of their plumage – males more so than females between species – also makes for easier identification. Therefore, if you see a bird that doesn’t match any in this book or another on waterfowl bear in mind the following.

In light of the many ways to occupy our time these days, the possibility of having a collection of ducks and geese in your own garden or piece of land is not always the obvious choice. However, not only does it provide a great way to enjoy more of the outdoors but also much excitement as different events play out throughout the waterfowl’s calendar year. It also does not require a great expanse of water or open field for them to roam. A small pond with a reasonable surround of plants and shrubs will satisfy a few pairs of ducks or geese or perhaps both!



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