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Smew (Female)

Smew (Female)
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.

Trudy Tuinstra, Dave Roberts 2014, Annemarie, cammino and 4 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A beautiful image Kris and thank you for posting in 'Fur, Fin and Feather'.
18 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding shot!

Your wonderful image has been seen and admired in Pictorials
18 months ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Beautifully captured!
18 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Superb

Admired in ~ I ♥ Nature
18 months ago.
Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Nicely taken, I saw a male here years ago.

Your image was seen in
Natures Kingdom Group
and deserves this award

NK AWARD
Thank You
18 months ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Nice! They do however winter also further south than your source says. We get them in smal numbers wintering on Lake Constance, last winter I met 5 specimen on the Rhine Delta near Bregenz, but they kept much distance. In the zoo they are far more obliging....
18 months ago.