I have been following this escapee Bahama pintail (native to the Caribbean, South America, and the Galápagos Islands) frequenting a nearby pond for a couple of summers, and have always wondered where it spent the winter. The answer is it stays in Switzerland in spite of the freezing conditions (see last shot)! More information in the notes.
An open pond with reeds and dense vegetation, the shores of which are frozen at this time of year as shown on the last shot. In its original habitat this duck is found in waters with a degree of salinity, such as brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps.
Bahama pintails have been spotted in Europe, where they are escapees or descendents of escapees from bird parks. These ducks are mainly mottled brown with white cheeks, red at the base of the beak in the adult, a distinctive green and black speculum and a whitish tail. Mallards and tufted ducks are still found at this pond, as well as of two out-of-range ruddy shelducks (spotting to come) and a ferruginous duck. Previous spottings of this duck can be seen at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/690... and http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/619... (last shot).
Lat: 46.09, Long: 7.07
Spotted on Jan 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012
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