I took a photo of this duck at Frampton Marsh today and I don't have a clue what it is. Can someone help?
This is a drake mallard....but it's a semi-domesticated bird, which means it's started to lose some of the typical wild colours and these have started to be replaced by paler/whiter plumage. Why this happens in wildfowl I don't know, but if you notice domestic geese, turkeys & ducks are often pure white. Not a natural colour, but the result of being kept in captivity. Bird watchers sometimes call these ducks 'Heinz 57' because there are so many varieities!
Thanks for the great information, it's much appreciated.