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.
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!
Thank you Elisa for the comment and forwarding the link.
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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.
I vote him the “Sexiest Bird” ever! What a guy!