BPW: Red-breasted Merganser

by John Briggs on March 21, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog, Maine Birds

Red-breasted Merganser – Mergus serrator

One of my favorite spots for viewing the Red-breasted Merganser is at Reid State Park located on Arrowsic Island. This is time of the year that the males are making their moves toward the females, displaying, posturing, and racing across the water like their tails are on fire.

I sat on the rocks at the edge of a small cove near Griffin’s Head Road, which allowed a wonderful view of the entire area. 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Common Loons, 11 Common Eider, and 4 Hooded Mergansers were actively feeding in the incoming tide. Everything was too far away to get good photos except for the Mergansers.

The action lasted a good hour and then ended abruptly when an adult bald Eagle soared over the cove . Everything that could fly took off and was soon out of sight, but not before I nearly filled my 16 gb CF card with images.

The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography

Happy birding!



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