Friday, 30 May 2014

Common Goldeneye x Smew

Common Goldeneye x Smew hybrid, Rauma (SW Finland), late April or early May 2017 - copyright Henry Lehto
(photo ID: 3221)


Here is a very smart hybrid showing clearly intermediate features of the two parent species, nicely captured (as always) by Henry.




Common Goldeneye x Smew hybrid (same bird as in photo ID 3221 above), Rauma (SW Finland), late April or early May 2017 - copyright Henry Lehto
(photo IDs: 3222-3225)


This one is a museum specimen and as is often the case with such specimens the bill and legs are painted, so not their real colouration.

 

mounted Common Goldeneye x Smew hybrid, shot on the river Oker near Braunschweig (Lower Saxony, Germany) in 1825 - copyright Joern Lehmhus 
(photo IDs: 0595-0596)



Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Smew Mergellus albellus

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