Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Male Red-breasted Merganser

 Male red-breasted Merganser

Yesterday this male Red-breasted Merganser was fishing quite close to where I was standing beside the channel into Whitby Harbour.  I stood very still with my camera as he dove repeatedly amongst sheets of ice. I never knew where he was going to come up for air. But sometimes he surfaced very close to where I was.

Up for some air

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68 comments:

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like his spikey hairdo.

Andy said...

Excellent photography Camera Girl.

eileeninmd said...

EG, awesome closeups of the Merganser! Have a happy Tuesday!

Amy at love made my home said...

Wonderful pictures of an amazing bird! xx

Kate said...

Bad Hair day? Great photos.

see you there! said...

I like his spiky hair do.

Darla

Shammickite said...

Avery handsome fellow. It must be dangerous and cold to be diving under the ice. A tough winter for the birds. Thank goodness for the current sunny days.

Karen S. said...

He is so handsome!

William Kendall said...

A distinguished looking fellow.

Debbie said...

ohhh these are just wonderful images. so much beautiful details in these up close and personal images!!!!

i recently saw the hood-eds for the very first time!!!

Sandra said...

he is beautiful, so much detail in his feathers and markings. this looks like the bird we saw on TV news last night, a man in PA ice fishing, pulled one up on his hook, it lived and flew away

Knipsa Passtscho said...

That's a real pretty one.
Like his hairdo :D
Have a fine day
【ツ】Knipsa

Birdman said...

Wonderful closeup capture.

Abraham Lincoln said...

That is one good looking duck.

marshaleith said...

great photos...it must be so cold for the ducks...and I wonder if they panic if they briefly get stuck under the ice!

TexWisGirl said...

so very cool! great shots!

Karl Demetz said...

Excellent portrait, made me smile !

Linda W. said...

Great shots! You really captured the details well.

Sylvia K said...

As always I'm amazed at the incredible detail you capture!! It's like having this fellow sitting on my desk!! Love it!! And a handsome fellow he is, too!! Hope you have a beautiful day!

Mary Hone said...

I love watching birds that dive like that, so interesting. And how cold is that water?!

Kathy said...

You take such fabulous bird photos. Especially ducks!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That's how I look when I get up in the morning.

handmade by amalia said...

Amazing! His beady red eyes. I've never seen anything like him.
Amalia
xo

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh look at those red eyes! You have so much patience EG, that's why you get all the best shots :) He's an unusual little character.

Gill - That British Woman said...

he reminds me of a punk rocker of the duck species...LOL

abrianna said...

Wonderful close ups. The eye is great in the first one and the shades of water are lovely in the second.

Mari said...

He's got some kinda funky hair :)

Breathtaking said...

Hello EG !:)Such beautiful close up captures of the Merganser, showing his red eyes and lovely green head feathers. The water does look icey in the second shot, but it's a lovely colour.

Malyss said...

What a strange face !

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Haha, I love that hairdo. Fabulous shots of a beautiful and interesting looking bird.

Marie said...

Great shots!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the bird.

Margaret Adamson said...

Wonderful t see this bird at so close quarters. Great shots.

RedPat said...

You know how I love your bird portraits, EG! Another fab one!

Rose said...

What a strange but handsome bird. I bet if I saw them often, I would not think them strange.

Ruth Hiebert said...

WOW!!!!! Amazing shots and so close.

CatTales said...

Incredible photos, crisp and clear!

Christian Weiß said...

Wonderful photos and eyes.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

wow! awesome shot, that first one...love his coloring, that looong beak? bill? and his feathered-spikey look! oh yeah, and his eyes!!!

Adam Jones said...

They are brilliant looking birds. Always great to see, and you have great pictures.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautifully captured!

cieldequimper said...

It's probably just me after a long commute: it looks like he's thinking hey that is NOT my best profile! :-)

Giga said...

This bird is cute and has a funny feathers on his head and a very nice pictures. Regards.

VP said...

You have an incredible variety of amazing birds!

mick said...

Great close photos of a very beautiful bird.

Kay said...

Beautiful! And those red eyes are simply amazing.

Gail Dixon said...

We only have the Common Merganser here. I like yours better. They have so much personality with their wiry hair (feathers?) sticking up all over their heads. Nice pics!

Halcyon said...

Quite the serious felloe.

Ginny said...

Wonderful shots! With his red eye and punk hairstyle, he looks like a rebel for sure!

Grandma C said...

Beautiful spiky hair Merganser !

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Girl you must have the patience of a saint, great stuff

Magia da Inês said...

♭♪
Lindas fotos.

Bom início de semana!
Beijinhos.
♮♬♫ه° ·.

Michelle said...

I love that bill!

Lois said...

What a gorgeous bird! That closeup is amazing.

Millie and Walter said...

Beautiful pictures of the merganser.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

good photos
its interesting watching birds

Stephanie said...

He is a beautiful bird!

Jack said...

I like that first photo. He has quite a fashionable hairdo. Spiky!

Randy said...

Someone used mousse in their feathers this morning.

Karen said...

What a treat to see this guy!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

How wonderful! What a gift! Our rivers are still pretty frozen.

Donna said...

Fabulous duck!

edenhills said...

How great to watch him! Lovely photos.

José Mendonça said...

Amazing bird, so cute and funny at the same time. Great captures!

Small City Scenes said...

Another good bird shot.
He looks like Fast Eddie with his slicked back 'hair'. MB

Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter said...

Beautiful pictures.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You have good bird Karma! Once a diver goes down, I never see him again)). This is a handsome duck and great photos. Diving in the ice ...and walking in it and taking pictures when it's that cold sounds hard for both the duck and the photographer !

Mary Cromer said...

Oh So Handsome!!!

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