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Goosander (female)

Mergus merganser merganser


The goosander (Common merganser in North America) is a large duck found in rivers and lakes of forested areas of Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. The female has a reddish-brown head, white chin, and white secondary feathers on the wing.


Rivers, lakes. Spotted here on Lake Geneva near the shore.


The goosander is a resident breeder on Lake Geneva, but more arrive from further north in the winter as this bird is a partial migrant. Does it look cold? Temp. -14 degrees Celsius… I would think of going further south!

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Last year I was in Freiburg, and when I trying take a picture of this bird...I saw a Wasseramsel!!! jeje, I like it so much...finally I take a picture of the wasseramsel :)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago


DanielePralong 6 years ago

I am glad you enjoyed your time there Antonio! I looking forward to your further spottings.

AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

Beautifull daniele,i have been this weekend in your country :) and i spotted one to.
By the way,Switzerland is a fantastic country,very well organized and beautiful in all senses,congrats Daniele
in next days i'll load several spottings from there,mostly birds

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for your comment Mick! Mergus serrator is very rare in Switzerland... I've never seen them but I would love to!

MickGrant 7 years ago

Very nice series - female Merganser is simmilar at distance ( Mergus serrator - smaller in size) in appearance but head to neck buff colour runs into body.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you Atul! Check the male too...

Atul 7 years ago


DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Emma and Karen! Emma I thought about it, and then for a change decided to make the whole duck the top pic :-)

KarenL 7 years ago

Lovely series Daniele!

Hema 7 years ago

beautiful Daniel!! I would make picture number three ,#!.

Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland

Lat: 46.46, Long: 6.84

Spotted on Feb 4, 2012
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012


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