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Apr 8, 2017

They look fast...and they are fast

Photo: Du Huaju / Barcroft Images

(Mergus squamatus)
Endangered Chinese Mergansers, also known as Scaly-sided Mergansers, are seen above flying northwards after wintering in Weishui Reservoir at Songzi, in central China's Hubei Province.   Calling mergansers 'Sawbills' is now common.   Chinese Mergansers are rapidly declining and are described as both vulnerable by some, and endangered by others.   The Chinese Merganser's cousin, the Red-breasted Merganser is fast also.   It holds the avian record for fastest, level-flight at 100 mph. or 161 km/h.
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