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January 30th 2012

A drake Smew at Onuma 3 years ago today. Normally very shy I surprised this one (it was with a female) and he was so unsure what to do he didn't fly off for a few seconds allowing me to take this close up shot (only very slight cropping). Not perfect but much better than my recent efforts with this species.................just a shame it was so dark.

10 comments:

  1. At least you saw him and got a photo. There was a male Smew reported in South Donegal and although we looked for it last weekend, NOTHING!

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    1. I only ever saw one in the UK, a female 28 years ago on a reservoir near Bolton!!!!!!

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  2. It's a special-looking duck and thanks for sharing it. I'll be hoping you get another chance in better lighting!

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  3. It would be great to see one in breeding plumage like this...both that I've seen in HK were immatures/female.

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    1. I find pied birds are great to look at......................but often tricky to photograph.

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  4. Great shot, Stu. I used to see this species at least once every winter in Niigata but can't say I've seen any for the last three years.

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    1. This one was unusual in that it wasn't miles away................

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  5. I would truly love to see a male Smew. The closest I have ever come was a juvenile male that showed up in Oshawa harbour east of Toronto and stayed for about two days. That is an extreme rarity for here.

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    1. I had no idea they were so rare there..................

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