BAER'S POCHARD Aythya baeri

We count ourselves lucky to have photographed this species in Hong Kong in the 1980's, because it has since become critically endangered, the total population may be under two hundred in the wild, in south-east Siberia and China. It formerly had a wide distribution including Japan, but decline has been very rapid and it is now thought to hybridise with Ferruginous Duck. There is a captive population, although the gene pool is very limited, and some conservation measures are in place, but it will probably prove more difficult than its close relative, Madagascar Pochard.

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