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(Eurasian) Wigeon

Mareca penelope


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


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.


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

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

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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