Welcome to Vietnam Bird News

Bird news from Vietnam, from Vietnam's resident and visiting birders.

16 November 2011

6 Mergansers at Hanoi ! 16-11-2011

Hi all,

Another BIG surprise at the foot of Vinh Tuy Bridge, late in the day : 6 Scaly-sided Mergansers paddled in the shallow water, between sandbars!
They were not there when I arrived at around 16 pm so they probably landed as I was scanning the groups of waders.
I managed to get some shots. Because of the distance and the poor light, scaling on flanks is not visible on the pics; but I spotted clearly this feature with the scope.
Not the best photos in the world but enough I think to confirm the ID and validate this record.

When I leave the place at dusk, they were roosting on the sand.
This beautiful duck is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List. More informations here.


Sébastien Delonglée


  1. Wow, great stuff Sebastien, yet another fantastic record from the Red River! Oh to be in Hanoi right now ...


    Richard Craik

  2. Holy s***, that's a cosmic mindf***er, if I may use Bill Oddie's words.
    What an awesome record AND good pics!
    I can't believe I'm working this weekend...
    So so envious...
    Great job, Sebastien!

  3. Hi all,
    This morning I checked again the area. Gone ! Maybe they will come back there, a really good place for roosting, quiet and safe.
    Lucky days ! Touch Wood !


    I almost forgot : 3 Long-billed Plovers (2+1) today 17th November along the channel.

  4. HI All!

    Greats with those birds.

    I have come back Vinh Tuy this afternoon but only Grey Herons and some Termminck Stints.


    Hung Le