Goosander at Hayle Estuary, Cornwall

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We watched 11 Goosander working together fishing in the Hayle Estuary.

Insight: The Goosander is a common member of the Sawbill family of diving ducks found mainly on freshwater but may be seen on estuaries during the winter. In the UK about 2,500 pairs breed mainly in upland forested regions in the North, Wales and Scotland where they nest in trees or rocky crevices.

The serrated edges of their bills help them grip fish and other prey. Their liking for Trout and Salmon has brought them into conflict with anglers.

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