Rare ducks and cranes in France, photos


Thursday 28 february 2013, near Lac du Der, France.

As I wrote earlier, we continued after seeing the cranes at the Ferme aux grues.

A roe deer on a meadow.

Two collared doves on a fence.

In a tree, scores of starlings and fieldfares.

Another hide, on a lake bank. Coots, mallards. Great crested grebes.

On the other side, mute and whooper swans. Male and female teal.

Then, unexpected guests for this inland freshwater lake: a female long-tailed duck and a velvet scoter. Both marine species.

Carrion crow, near Lac du Der, France, 28 February 2013

A carrion crow in a tree on the bank.

Goldeneyes, left, and smews, right, on Lac du Der, France, 28 February 2013

We walk on a dam across the lake. About twenty common goldeneyes swimming and diving. A female common scoter joins them. Also, a male and a female smew.

Goldeneyes on Lac du Der, France, 28 February 2013

Later on the lake, a female goosander.

17:25. A lakeside hide. A pied wagtail on a small artificial island.

Crane family, youngster at left, feeding at Lac du Der, France, 28 February 2013

Three cranes, parents and their youngster, feeding. A coypu and mallards close to them.

Crane family, youngster at left, still feeding at Lac du Der, France, 28 February 2013

Curlews. Yellow-legged gulls. Wigeon. Grey lag geese.

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