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American Aythya at Fuerteventura on December 2014: a photo-gallery

Photos by Francisco José García Vargas and David Pérez

Introduction
Photos
Aythya collaris
Aythya affinis
Aythya marila
Mixed groups

Citation


Introduction

The ponds on Golf Salinas de Antigua, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, attract a diversity of wildfowl. Sometimes nearctic ducks are recorded and the autumn-winter 2014 was no exception. On 17.11 Robin Mawer reported a drake Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris which remained by the end of the month when Menotti Passarella saw two of these plus 5 Lesser Scaups (A.affinis) and a presumed American Wigeon (Anas americana). The whole set of ducks remained on 1.12 but when visited on 14.12.2014 it became clear that the Wigeon was not American but Eurasian. Hence, the only vagrants were the diving ducks: Aythya collaris 2 & Aythya affinis 4 clear individuals, with one additional presumed Aythya marila (Antonio Unquiles, David Pérez, Xabier Remirez, F.Javier García Vargas). It seemed that one of the presumed recorded five Lesser Scaups was perhaps a Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) despite some opinions on the contrary. A further visit is planned for January to discern the whole situation.

The collection below is a set of photos of these diving ducks in a diversity of plumages all obtained on 14.12.2014 by the authors. More photos and Spanish text explanations in David Pérez blog Ornito Adicción here.

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All photos below: © Francisco Javier García Vargas and David Pérez

Ring-necked Duck / Porrón acollarado (Aythya collaris) ♀

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© David Pérez

Aytcol

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

Aytcol

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

Lesser Scaup / Porrón bola (Aythya affinis) ♂ + ♀

Aytaff

© David Pérez

Aytaff

© David Pérez

Aytaff

© David Pérez

Aytaff

© David Pérez

aytaff

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

Aytaff

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

c.f Greater Scaup / Porrón bastardo (Aythya marila) 1w ♂

Aytaff

© David Pérez

Aytaff

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

Mixed groups

Aytaff

© David Pérez

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© David Pérez

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

© Francisco Javier García Vargas

Aytaff

© Francisco Javier García Vargas


Citation
Garcia Vargas, F.J. & Pérez, D. ,2014. American Aythya at Fuerteventura on December 2014: a photo-gallery. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsf076.htm 

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One of the 5 Lesser Scaups at Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, on 27.11.2014 (Menotti Passarella)

American Aythya at Fuerteventura on December 2014: a photo-gallery

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Introduction
Photos
Aythya collaris
Aythya affinis
Mixed groups

Citation



 


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