As soon as we arrived (about 5pm), 2 males and 1 female Garganey were swimming around in front of us.
|Male Garganey, left, female Garganey middle, other male Garganey to the back with two Teal|
|2 male Garganey left, female Garganey right.|
|Male Garganey in the reeds|
|Everything about this bird is like a work of art. From the spotted undertails, to the extra long scapulars with white edging and then the huge white eye stripe on the male, dark eye stripe on the female - they're just beautiful birds.|
|and a darkish green speculum with lovely white borders|
I gots to Step away from the auto settings madam, step away.
Anyhow, less about the image quality and back to the birds - pure beauty aren't they? garganey are one of the few ducks which actually come to Ireland to 'summer'. Usually most ducks come here to 'winter' because of the milder winters Ireland offers, then they leave about now to 'summer' in their own breeding countries. Garganeys however generally 'winter' in Africa and 'summer' in Ireland.