Red-breasted Merganser

I was looking out one of our windows on to the lake late this afternoon, when I spotted a male Red-breasted Merganser.  There were no others in sight.  I have never seen one on the lake before, and actually, had never seen one before anywhere.  So, I grabbed my camera and ran down to the dock.  By the time I got there, it had moved even further away (more than 100 yards), but I managed to get a couple photographs of him before he rounded the bend towards Powell’s Creek.

The images are far from perfect, but I am excited to have seen a Red-breasted Merganser and wanted to share it, since many of you may not have seen one before either.

They are a very unusual looking diving duck with a long thin red bill.  They are supposed to be one of the fastest level flying birds and supposedly can fly at 100 mph.  Hope I see more, and am better prepared.

About Stephen L Tabone

Executive Consultant and Nature Photographer
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4 Responses to Red-breasted Merganser

  1. Elisa says:

    Beautiful. I am going to share the link to your blog with my in-laws who have lived in Annapolis forever. And my two brothers who live near Cordova. They will love your photographs. Keep taking pictures!

  2. Mac says:

    Your photographs are inspirational and very educational. You have brought these rarely seen birds out of obscurity into our living rooms. Your skill as a photographer with infinite patience is noteworthy. Our heartfelt thanks.

  3. Anne says:

    I vote him the “Sexiest Bird” ever! What a guy!

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