Gallery - Ducks-Saw Bills (Mergus)
The Goosander is a Green list species-no conservation concern.
The largest "Sawbill" which breeds near northern lakes and rivers. It migrates to more southerly lakes in winter.
BTO video about Red Breasted Merganser and Goosander
Swims with head submerged before diving to persue fish underwater. A group of these birds will hunt co-operatively by swimming in lines driving fish to shallow water. Nests on the ground amongst vegitation or in a crevice.
The Smew is an attractive diving duck and winter visitor from northan forests to inland lakes. It feeds on fish and insects which it catches by diving. It nests in holes in trees and will use nest boxes.
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