A little further east, about mid-way to the weir, were two 'ginger' ducks that I instinctively thought were going to be Ruddy Shelducks before I put the scope on them. Perhaps part of the recent mini-influx into the county starting with five that flew south on 26 June at Druridge Pools and ended up at Greatham Creek in Cleveland. These two birds are presumably the same two that flew south at Cresswell yesterday, whether they are part of the earlier five or two different birds who knows.
Ruddy Shelduck and Cape Shelduck (?) Iphone Scoped with Meopix/Meopta S2 at c.200m
Sharp eyes (Thanks Stewart) have highlighted that the female shows strong characteristics (greyish head and very white face mask) of Cape Shelduck. The vent doesn't seem pale so it may prove to be a hybrid. This might also highlight a origin close to home than the Netherlands as as recently as the end of 2012 Cape & Ruddy Shelducks were mixing in a collection at Grange over Sands in Cumbria.