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Goosander (Photo: Saulius Karalius, Fund of Lithuanian Sea museum)
Just like all birds Goosander doesn’t have teeth but the sides of its long red bill are notched. This helps Goosander to catch and hold slippery fish better. When looking for fish Goosander swims with its head submerged. As soon as it sees one it dives after the fish. Goosander is a quite big water bird nesting in the cavities of old trees growing close to water.
In the end of autumn they move to the big water bodies which don’t freeze over; some of them move to the coast. When Goosander is flushed it would rather dive than fly so it’s pretty interesting to guess where it will surface.
Goosander, also known as
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)