Having had a very quiet few weeks birding, I decided to take a trip down towards Camp Lane Pools, Worcester as an eclipse drake Blue Winged Teal was staking out. There didn't seem to be much talk on the bird and everyone seemed happy with it's ID up until today. I haven't any experience with eclipse drakes and it's amazing how much you learn about a bird when it's ID is questioned. In my opinion, I believed this bird is a Blue Winged Teal. Innocent until proven guilty (or hybrid) in this case.
Shoveler was being brought into the equation as the day progressed. Yes the bill is ever so slightly bigger than what I would've liked it to be, but this feature is certainly not uncommon in Drake Blue Winged Teals especially. Although the images don't show this very well, but the legs were a nice yellowy-orange complementing BWT and it also has a very faint white eye ring.
The bird has a strong dark brown line through the eye and there is good evidence of spotting under the under tail coverts. It showed well with the resident Mallards clearly showing how small I size it was. The Teal had a nice slate-grey bill and it had a noticeable light spot just before it's bill.
In flight, the bird clearly showed light pale blue patches above the wing and had light underwing patches. It now appears, with better images that this bird is what was suspected: BWT x Shoveler hybrid but none the less, an interesting and educational bird and something that will teach me to always look at a bit just that little bit closer!