An unexpected sighting
Talk about everyday being a school day … we were pleasantly surprised the a few weeks back whilst out walking along a stretch of one of our local canals, (the Macclesfield Canal near High Lane Stockport) when we spotted a number of ducks that were new to us. It turned out they were the rather pretty Welsh Harlequin duck. Note: this post was originally published on 10 March but now updated with additional images in the picture gallery.
The Welsh Harlequin
Once home I had a look online to find out more and it turns out the Welsh Harlequin is actually a domestic duck that originated in Wales (in Criccieth).
A chap called Leslie Bonnet found a mutation in his flock of Khaki Campbells. In the late 1940’s he set about selective breeding so as to highlight that particular trait.
He actually first did this in Herefordshire, but the family moved to North Wales which lends itself to the origin of the name ‘Welsh Harlequin’. Within a number of years (by 1968) hatching eggs were being exported to America and then by 1981 live birds were being imported.
Worth looking out for
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