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Smew (Male) - Explore

Smew (Male) - Explore
The smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of duck, and is the only member of the genus Mergellus. This species breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia. It needs trees for breeding. The smew lives on fish-rich lakes and slow rivers. As a migrant it leaves its breeding areas and winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes of the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, northern Germany and the Low Countries, with a small number reaching Great Britain, mostly at regular sites. Vagrants have been recorded in North America. On lakes it prefers areas around the edges, often under small trees. Taken at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. No processing or touch-ups.

Claudine Gaulier-Denis, Laurie Lane, Sonja, Dave Roberts 2014 and 12 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira
Charming scene! Great shot!
19 months ago.
Bruce Weiss
Bruce Weiss
Beautiful creature! Well seen.
bruce
19 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
This is a superb capture Kris and thank you for posting in 'Fur, Fin and Feather'.
19 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Very beautiful !!! Love his feathers !!!!!!
19 months ago.
Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
They're spectacular ducks!
19 months ago.
Marie Tissier
Marie Tissier
So beautiful !
19 months ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Wonderful image!
19 months ago.
Maria W.
Maria W.
Superbe!!! :)))
19 months ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
Wonderful image! Great clarity and detail!!

Admired in Animals in the Wild
19 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Wonderful plumage

Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
19 months ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
A beautiful smew, great photo.
19 months ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Beautiful bird and shot, indeed! Such a handsome lad!
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.