April 19, 2008

Red-breasted Merganser

The pair of Red-breasted Merganser's were back today and I got a good, long look at them. They are fun birds to watch. They have really elongated bodies that set low in the water like the loon.

They swim around with their heads under water looking for food and when they see something they like, they dive. You never know where they will pop back up to the surface. Sometimes it's right near where they dived and other times it might be 30 feet away.
Here is the female with her spiked feathers.

I really like the shaggy "punk" look of these ducks.

Here is the male. You can really see how long his body is.