Garganey Spatula querquedula
(aka Anas querquedula)
Garganey, Lake Awassa, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

Lake Awassa, Ethiopia
January 2016

The Garganey breeds in Eurasia from western Europe through the Mediterranean and central Europe, southern Siberia and up to the Pacific. It winters in Africa and southern and south-east Asia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It breeds in swamps, marshes and small lakes with emergent vegetation.

I think that this female-plumaged bird is possibly an eclipse male because, although it looks like a female, the throat is very pale, almost white.

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