Garganey Spatula querquedula
(aka Anas querquedula)
Male Garganey, Minsmere, Suffolk, England, March 2005 - click for larger image

Minsmere, Suffolk, England
March 2005

The Garganey breeds in Eurasia from western Europe through the Mediterranean and central Europe, southern Siberia and up to the Pacific. It winters in Africa and southern and south-east Asia. It breeds in swamps, marshes and small lakes with emergent vegetation.

Male Garganey with Wigeon and Teal, Minsmere, Suffolk, England, March 2005 - click for larger image They are fairly rare in Britain with anything between about 75 to 150 pairs breeding. They generally arrive in Suffolk around mid-March - this male was seen on 11th March - and fly south between about August and October.

In the male the broad white supercilium and the brown breast contrasting with the grey flanks and white belly are the principle features. The second photo shows it to be about the same size as the Teals in front of it and considerably smaller than the Wigeon behind.

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