Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Common Mergansers/World Bird

 Male common merganser

Saturday, my husband and I were in Barrie on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay when this male...
 
 Female common merganser
and female landed a little way from where we were standing.

 Male and female inspecting the environs

They swam around a bit, apparently checking out the ins and outs of a small island close to shore.

She's NOT taking a nap or playing dead

Then the female assumed the above position, which turned out to be part of their mating ritual. (The private moment has been censored.)

I am linking yo World Bird Wednesday.

36 comments:

Elisa said...

The second one is wonderful!
Grettings

see you there! said...

I love the females "hair-do".

Darla

Halcyon said...

They're quite interesting looking ducks. I love the red beak. Everyone needs some private moments now and then, even waterfowl! :)

Sandra said...

i saw this same mating thing with two black swans, it was amazing. and this is the first time ever that I can say I think the female is the prettiest. she is just beautiful with her hair do

Nature in the Burbs said...

Great photo series. Beautiful ducks.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Bird behaviour is interesting to observe censored or not. :)

Great pics!

Kathy said...

I think the female merganser with her wild hairdo is so striking!

Kate said...

Yup, the female definitely has a bad hair day, but that didn't dim the allure she obvious had.

Jill said...

My goodness! It certainly easy to determine which one is male and which is female with this lovely pair. You made me giggle about the censorship!

Lois Evensen said...

Lovely! Beautiful couple. :)

Paul in Powell River said...

We have lots of them around right now, all doing the same thing! :)

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Those are lovely specimens to look at, fabulous shots!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Love this series of red beaks and then, oh dear, a bit of censorship? !

RedPat said...

Wonderful capture, EG!

Miss Kodee said...

What an interesting hairstyle! Great close ups.

Crafty Gardener said...

The female has quite the hairdo. Great photos.

Ebie said...

I like the story line. Talking about being censored, I actually took a photo of sea gulls doing it, hahaha!

A wondering star said...

Great shots of your beautiful birds!

Zosia said...

Love the red head, she is quite stylish and both of them use a daring shade of lipstick :-)

eileeninmd said...

Great shots! I have always loved seeing the "do" on the female. They are both pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Shammickite said...

I love the lady's hairdo, in fact it looks a bit like mine!

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous ducks! You were in the right place at the right time.

mick said...

Great photos. Those birds are beautiful and colorful.

Genie said...

The female is such an interesting looking duck. Glad you censored the mating scene. What you shared with us was beautiful. You left the rest up to our imagination. genie

Nancy said...

What a pretty pair. :)

Carver said...

I love the females hairdo. Kind of reminds me of times when I've said I have a hair-don't as opposed to a hairdo.

Rose said...

The female's hairdo looks like me at the end of this day!!!

Randy said...

Love her hair.

Gillian Olson said...

Great capture, appartently she approved of the accomodations.

Indrani said...

Wow! You got them neat and clean.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a good day.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

Betty Manousos said...

such a beautiful series of duck photos!

thanks for this wonderful, refreshing post!

Linda said...

I am still smiling at your censorship...love the hair-do on the female. Just shows that love conquers all!

Gary said...

Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Small City Scenes said...

All great shots. Thanks for rendering out the 'private' moments. LOL MB

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