Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ferruginous Duck, Moorente, Aythya nyroca

Saw this Beauty briefly ‘at home’ in Hungary in 2009. A guide from the nature protection organisation around there was surprised when I told her that they were in our region. The Ferruginous Duck is on the IUCN Red List of endangered species. Status: Near threatened, trend decreasing
The Ferruginous Duck has a Body length of about 38-42cm and a WS of 60-67cm. Breeds at lakes and marshes with sufficient open water, the depth needs to be at least 1m.
They are rather shy and silent and easy to miss.
Infos from:

From Birds Hungary 2009

And recently ID-ed these as a flock of Ferruginous - correct me, if I'm wrong

From Birds in Hungary 2008