Male common merganser (Mergus meganser)
One common merganser was swimming in the river with a multitude of mallards and Canada geese. During the winter months, mergansers usually mix with Goldeneyes, Buffleheads and other fish-eating ducks, but last Thursday this merganser was hobnobbing with geese and dabblers.
Are you looking at me?
I wish the sun had been out so you could see that his head is actually a dark iridescent green and not black. Also, in better light you could see that his bill is serrated. But at least even in dull light, you can see how handsome he is.
Canada goose and common merganser
Here you can see the size of a male common merganser in comparison to an average-sized Canada goose. Mergansers are large ducks.
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