Three different types of Merganser
On our short walk in the morning we were surprised on how many Common Merganser (Mergus merganser – Gänsesäger) gathered at the same place – at least 50. On the photo you can also see some Cormorants in the back spreading their wings.
A female Common Merganser:
A male Common Merganser doing maybe some sort of courting behaviour:
To our great surprise there was also a female Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serratro – Mittelsäger), they are not that common in Switzerland but I couldn’t take a photo. But the biggest surprise was a bird I have only seen in the Zoo so far and therefor is a lifer: the Smew (Mergellus albellus – Zwergsäger). These two look like females but maybe the one on the left is a young male.
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