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Goosander

Goosander
Goura, 31 Mar 2012
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    • FBBird
      Red-breasted Merganser
    • IanRRobinson
      I'd agree with FBBird; the cut-off between brownish neck and chest isn't sharp enough for Goosander (American Merganser on the other side of the Atlantic).

      And very odd to see a sawbill on land, behaviour that in the wild would probably never happen - look how far back those legs are, woefully ill-fitted for walking!
    • Goura
      So could this be an immature bird? I'm almost certain I read the signage correctly.
    • IanRRobinson
      I think it's a young drake; the duck wouldn't have quite that much white on the upper parts.
    • Goura
      Interesting - so what would this be? Also at Cologne and definitely no red on the breast.

      View attachment 3081
    • Maguari
      That's a drake Scaly-sided Merganser, Mergus squamatus. :)
    • Goura
      Thanks for that - can i just check that it's the same species known as Chinese merganser as illustrated by Madge & Burn in Helm?
    • Maguari
      Yes, Chinese Merganser is the same species. :)
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