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(Eurasian) Wigeon

Mareca penelope

Description:

A lone male observed surrounded by a group of female Gadwalls (recognized by the white speculum). During the count the day before, we observed also a female (but both too far away for my camera), which I was unable to spot on this Sunday. Previously placed in Anas genus, this species is today placed in genus Mareca

Habitat:

Not very common species in our part of Europe, but occasional winter visitor and found in or around wetlands. Here, observed in north-eastern wetlands of pays de Gex - small area located in between the Jura range and Geneva lake.

Notes:

Observed during the Wetlands Bird Count 2019 - only 11 individuals counted in entire zone.

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Lat: 46.35, Long: 6.15

Spotted on Jan 13, 2019
Submitted on Jan 17, 2019

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