Saturday, 28 December 2013

Common Mergansers on Lake Ontario

Common Mergansers Mergus merganser
on Lake Ontario
26 December 2013

    All of the Merganser species seem to me to always have a particularly elegant air about them and I very much enjoy seeing them. Three species are found here and in varying numbers all spend even the coldest part of the winter on Lake Ontario. There is abundant food and they thrive in even the most inclement conditions. These pictures are of Common Merganser (Goosander in Europe) just offshore in Oakville, ON.

Pair

Pair

Pair with male Greater Scaup

Male

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful couple of ducks on the water.
    excellent shots
    Greetings

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  2. Those red bills coupled with the dark green head make the males really striking. It reminds me of an encounter in northern Japan when I wasn't fast enough to capture the ducks before they flew, so good to see them again. Hopefully there might be some in the Seattle area when we're there.

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  3. Beautiful pictures of the Mergansers.

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