Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Goosander

A nice stroll around Hollingworth Lake, Rochdale, last Sunday saw the sun come out for a nice change. There was plenty of activity and song in the trees and bushes and some nice birds on the lake itself. When I got in the hide I was fortunate to be met by a few Goosander. In the past, these birds have proved difficult to capture on camera and are usually too far away to get any decent shots, but my luck was in today.

Here is the cracking male. 


And here is the equally impressive female.


24 comments:

  1. you must've been buzzing with excitement Adam seeing those Goosander from the hide; fabulous photos!

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  2. Wow....these I've not heard of before, let alone seeing one. Marvelous.

    [the female looks similar to our Mergansers?]

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  3. Great shots of the Mergansers...Goosander to you! Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critter party! Have a happy weekend!

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  4. Great shots - I saw my first ever Goosanders on the Tyne, many, many years ago!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  5. They are handsome birds. I see them sometimes here too.

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  6. Great photos, well done!
    These ducks (no=laksand) is swimming together with the Mandarin Duck in The River Nidelva

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  7. they are such striking birds!

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  8. Both are beautiful. Amazing shots!

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  9. Both male and female have impressive plumage.

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  10. Wonderful shots of these beautiful birds.

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  11. Great shots, and both is so beautiful

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  12. Amazing captures, lucky you!

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  13. I was going to say what Anni said - that female resembles a Common Merganser! I have never heard of Goosanders before. Awesome!

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  14. The head plumage on the female is beautiful! Unusual to see a female more flamboyant the male.

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  15. Great captures, and gorgeous birds! Greetings from egypt!

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  16. I have great photos of the females.....just not the drakes! You have a wonderful series of photos here.

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  17. Here they are called Common Mergansers and they are fairly common around here during the migration, but few stay through the summer. You captured some beautiful shots of both the male and female.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  18. HI Yes both of these birds are very attractive, Great shots.

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  19. Always nice to see this species.

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  20. Great photos! I last photographed them at close range on a fast-moving stream in the mountains of Arizona.

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