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.