Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mergansers/ Watery Wednesday


Female or non-breeding male red-breasted merganser

I had to look these up in a bird identification book because I don't ever remember seeing these birds before. Apparently the ones here now spend the summer in the north and this is a pit stop on their way to a warmer clime.



Mergansers fishing close to the shore

In the second photo, they are diving for small fish.  They were mostly under water so were hard to capture with my camera. Don't you love their punk hair-dos?

   You can find more photos celebrating Watery Wednesday at http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com

32 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

What a beautiful moment!These pictures are wonderful but my heart is in love for that first one! :)
Lovely post!
Léia

RuneE said...

You have a fantastic ability to hit the nail - every time.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful 'water' pictures of the Mergansers, EG. They are headed for warmer weather I'm sure.
Hugs,
Betsy

Betty said...

Wonderful pictures. I do love there hair do.

George said...

I definitely do like those punk hair-dos. Both pictures are wonderful, but I especially like your first one.

Craver Vii said...

Outstanding piccies! The Mohawks rock! I'm glad to have stopped by. The one with just its head sticking out of the water is such an unusual sight.

cieldequimper said...

The first one is outstanding but I also like the trilogy a lot!

Martha Z said...

Beautiful birds and a great capture for the photographer. I find birds to be very uncooperative subjects.

Michael said...

Great pics here. I love these birds.

Japa said...

These are fantastic shots, I would love to see for myself and enjoy.

eileeninmd said...

Love the Mergansers. They have cool doo's.
Great capture!

Jacob said...

I've never seen these before, either. They must not make it all the way down to Florida!

Beautiful photos, E.G. I especially like the action of the first one!

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Happily Retired Gal said...

Both are BEAUTIFUL photos ;-)
Thanks for looking them up and sharing what you found. I love learning new things as I visit.
Hugs and blessings,

Mona Sweden said...

Great shots! Yes I really do like those punk hair-dos. They look so cool.

judi said...

great shots, red headed water clowns!

Dimple said...

Great shots, especially the second one!

luna miranda said...

the first photo is spectacular! what a great capture.

Joops said...

Looks like they're dancing!

Come and swim with the Whale shark

kaye said...

great shots, I wish someone would take a picture of you taking a picture so you could post it. I have a vision in my head of you intensly leaning into the camera, focusing the lens and snapping shot after shot. I'd love to see it.

Rose said...

They look like they are having a good time. I think I seen a couple of these at the strip pits last fall/winter but they were too far away to identify for sure.

Ann said...

Beautiful, did you have to wait a long time to shoot such a great photo?

antigoni said...

Great photos!!!

gengen said...

It is beautiful...Happy watery Wednesday.

B SQUARED said...

Very 'rad' looking.

Becky and Gary said...

I photographed these glorious birds on the creek all summer. I even posted a mama and her 8 babies riding on her back. Aren't they beautiful?
Thanks too for the tip about the dead head Queen Anne's Lace. I found some open the other day when it was humid here. I didn't know this.
Happy WW.
Becky

Judy said...

Well, if they were making it hard to get photos, you outwitted them!! These are gorgeous! I really love the water in the second shot, where the three of them must have come up at much the same time!!

Ellie said...

I've never seen such bird before. Interesting bill. The water looks velveteen smooth.

Small City Scenes said...

Very neat shots. Birds are hard to capture specially with wing going. I like it. MB

ilanadavita said...

The color of the water is awesome!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Absolutely, animal photography is quite challenging but you mastered it perfectly.

Lorac said...

We egt these at the cottage EG. We also call the Fish Ducks,as that's what they eat and it gives them a very fishy flavour. Can't eat a Merganser.

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