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13/E13.) Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) / Höckerschwan

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. Common but still quite a spectacular bird IMO. Originally a Northern European bird but introduced all over the Continent long ago. A well-known bird even in historic times (just think of Zeus who took its form to seduce Leda), "Cygnus" is Greek, "Olor" is Latin - both mean "Swan".

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5 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

Is the German. Gänsesäger similar to our traditional name of Goosander

 

"Gänse" is the plural of Gans (=Goose), "Säger" is "one who saws". What´s the meaning of the "ander" part of the English name?

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14/E14.) Black-Headed Gull (Larus ridibundis) / Lachmöwe

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. Missing the black head in Winter. "Larus" is Greek for Gull, "ridibundis" is laughing - the German name is therefore a straight translation from the Scientific one. Very confiding birds, and good objects to practice BIFs.

 

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15/E15.) Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) / Misteldrossel

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. One of my bogey birds, so happy to get a semi-decent picture so early in the year. Only one subspecies all over Europe (for once). In case you´re wondering why I am not doing this subspecies stuff with all birds - my new books only cover passerines. "Turdus" is Latin for Thrush, "Viscivorus" is "Mistle-Eating".

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16/E16.) Yellow-Legged Gull (Larus michahellis) / Mittelmeermöwe

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. Our default species of the larger Gulls. "Michahellis" is honouring the German Zoologist Karl M. A relatively young species, long treated as a subspecies of Herring and then Caspian Gull.

 

 

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TonyQ

Ander.  No real idea:D

Some sources say from “gander” a male goose

Some from “bergander” old name for “sheldrake “ which is an old name for “shelduck”

English is made up of words from many different languages!

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17/E17.) Ferrugineous Duck (Aythya nyroca) / Moorente

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. A surprise sighting - this species is common in Eastern Europe but very, very rare further West. The first time I have seen them around Chiemsee, and certainly my best sighting so far of this species, they normally are much more furtive. (Which is why I´m even wondering if they might be escapees, but then again F. Ducks are rare but regular guests in the area so I will count them.) "Aythia" is a name Aristoteles used for some waterfowl. "Nyroca" is neither Latin nor Greek for a change - it´s Russian for Diving Duck. This bird was first described by Russian ornithologist Güldenstadt who thereby referred to a population in Southern Russia.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

Some sources say from “gander” a male goose

 

Interesting - "Ganter" is an (old) German word meaning the same.

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18/E18.) Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) / Rohrweihe

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. A common bird in Seewinkel but a much rarer sighting here in the West. A female here (easy to tell by the white head). "Circus" is the Greek name for Harriers. I can only assume that name was referencing their flight mode, "circling" the skies. "Aeruginosus" means something like a coppery colour (which makes much more sense with the more attractively plumaged males).

 

 

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19/E19.) Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) / Schellente

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. One of our most attractive Ducks IMO. "Bucephala" is not the most flattering term, it´s Greek and means "Oxhead", referencing their pretty big heads. "Clangula" stems from "Clangor" (Sound, Clamor).

 

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Interestingly they would always stick very close to a Swan, always diving and emerging by his side.

 

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20/E20.) Gadwall (Anas strepera) / Schnatterente

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. "Anas" is simply the Latin name for Duck, "strepera" is something like "noisy". Said to have a very distinctive call but I can´t remember ever hearing them vocalize.

 

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21/E21.) Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) / Silberreiher

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. Wintering on the lake, they are much more common here in the cold season. The genus name means "Heron of Kadmos", the Greek word "erodiós" is the source for "Heron". Kadmos was a Thebean king in Greek mythology turned into a snake. Probably the name is alluding to the long, snake-like neck.

 

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22/E22.) Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) / Steppenmöwe

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. A rare bird in Middle Europe, at home much further East normally. But then again, who knows how common they really are here since very few people can tell them apart from Yellow-Legged Gulls in the field. This (pretty distant) bird seemed somehow different to me, and the posture (very erect, full breast, wings very low) is exactly like depicted in the Svensson (Collins) guide. And the expert birders on my Austrian FB group confirmed it´s a Caspian. "Cachinnans" means laughing loudly in Latin.

 

 

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23/E23.) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) / Stockente

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. The Duck. Common they may be but still a very attractive species IMO, and very accommodating "models". The species name is Greek for something like "Broadbill".

 

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24/E24.) Common Gull (Larus canus) / Sturmmöwe

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. Not a common species at all in my area. "Canus" is grey, referencing the colour of the upperparts.

 

 

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25/E25.) Common Pochard (Aíthyia ferina) / Tafelente

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 6/1. Used to be heavily hunted because of their allegedly delicious meat. "Ferina" means "game meat" and is referencing that fact. So is the German name, "Tafel" in this context is the dinner table.

 

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It was a really beautiful day yesterday with splendid weather. That early in the Big Year I felt a bit like a video game character - - shoot anything that moves. B)

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PeterHG

Outstanding photography throughout, @michael-ibk! And some very good species already. You made good use of the locations and the weather.

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Kitsafari

beautiful light on the birds and you took full advantage of that, making even the gulls look extraordinary. Great BIFs!

fascinating information on each of the birds, not that my scatterbrain can remember but your BY can act as a encyclopedia. :)

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Great pictures with beautiful colours, that sky could be ours B).

 

Hard to pick one but the Great Egret may be my favourite photo in this batch, the wing tip must be only a few millimeters from the water.

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Galana
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I am with @TonyQ and the Germans on the Goosander bit.

My limited Latin gives Anser as Goose as in the Grey Geese . Ergo Mergus Anser = Diving Goose.

But care needed as Mergus can also mean 'Urinator!"

 

I blame the darn yanquis again. Coming over 'ere and stealing our birds.:lol:

 

Coming in 5 hours after the discussion of course.

All said and done there are some lovely photos in this batch whatever they are called.

A nice move ahead.

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xelas

Lovely place, Chiemsee, and full of Ducks! Great Egret is flying lower than Top Gun :D. Congratulations on perfect photos, @michael-ibk.

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Zim Girl

A gorgeous set of birds so far, Michael.  The attached info is extremely interesting and well done for taking the time to include it.

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My limited Latin gives Anser as Goose as in the Grey Geese . Ergo

 Mergus Anser = Diving Duck

 

Just testing if you're paying attention @Galana

You passed. B)

 

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Soukous

Oh my Lord. Not only do we have the English name and the Latin name but now Sir Michael is giving us an explanation of the Latin name. 
Will you be keeping this up for the whole year Michael?

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TonyQ

@Soukous   Plus the German name, and now a bit of Old English and Norse!

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