The watcher and the novelty

in featheredfriends •  2 months ago 

Following my last post about the birds around lake di Como (you can find it here!), time to share a few more photos, starting with the watcher in duty!


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Great Cormorant / Corvo marinho de faces brancas (PT) - Phalacrocorax carbo

The great cormorant is a very common species, but that doesn't diminish their photogenic looks. And the fact that they stood perching on high places, scouting the lake, made for pretty decent photos.


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I saw them flying very frequently, but around Como, where I was staying, they normally perched for huge amounts of time.


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This wasn't the species I enjoyed photographing the most, thow. As most birdwatchers can relate, seeing a bird species for the first time is always a moment of joy. And after 20 yeards birwatching, those opportunities tend to become rarer, even if I'm not a hardcore birdwatcher. That's why during one of the hikes along the lake margin, I was thrilled when these guys appeared!


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Goosander / Merganso grande (PT) - Mergus merganser

Goosanders are big diving ducks, and I didn't recognize the species at first. According to my field guide, I was really lucky, because the are normally found only on northern europe, and their distribution map has just a small area in the northern Italy where it's possible to find them! So I was even more thrilled!


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And in this species, I'm actually undecided about which one I find more beautiful, male or female. With birds, normally the male steals the show everytime. But the female, on the photo above, with that small brown crest, is lovely.


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Or maybe I'm biased, because the female photos were way more luckier, I even caught her landing!

The male also had a good color contrast, white and black. Supposedly the black head has greenish reflexes, but I couldn't find it on the photo.


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So, who wins the beauty contest? Male or female?

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I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! 🙂 And I do hope the take another look of this species someday, since this couple was the only one I saw during the vacations. But hey, whith everything I was blessed to see... can't complain, only celebrate!

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They are both quite beautiful and I can understand why it would be hard to choose! I don't think I have ever seen a photo of Goosanders before. Great photos!
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Thank you @melinda010100! Seeing a new species was one of this day's highlights for sure!

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What great shots of them all, I see Cormorants here often from the train standing on Poles with the wings wide spread drying out after being inthe water

Have a great weekend

That pose is a great way to spot them, not many bird species do that ;)

Ohh yeah I am often watching out for them from the train

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