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Male Goosander in poor light

Observed: 7th February 2012 By: KelsaeJohnKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in Birds
Goosander in poor light
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Sorry about the image - haven't yet worked out how to adjust new camera for back-lighting etc.!

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Female

As you say, the light is a bit intense! It's a female, isn't it, though?

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Female Goosander?

Hi Ian, thanks for comment. Is it? - a female, I mean. How the heck can you tell? I know I am right about what I saw at the time i.e. 1 male and 2 females - but by the time I found focus, well, who knows what I saw! They were moving around a lot - and my vision isn't exactly 20/20! (I'd love you to get back to me on the M/F thing - I honestly can't see (in the pic) what tells you it is a female, rather than a male.

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Female

The white chin is what immediately suggests a female, as adult males lack that. Then, the head is brown rather than black (best seen when enlarged). It could be a late eclipse plumage male,I suppose; but the back looks rather pale, and there is no white panel visible on the bird's side, which suggests it is indeed a female.

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