Friends and Admirers – Day 46

As many of you know, I am in love with our wintertime Red-breasted Merganzers.

The other day this male at Saquatucket Harbor, in particular, had me over the moon.

I especially loved watching him preen, so methodically, one feather at a time.

In between tiny sips of water…

Tipping his bill upward each and every time.

But I soon discovered, that I was not the only one enjoying the view…

For the Canadas seemed equally enamored!  😉

And who can blame them?

After all, WHO could resist that charming DOO?!


Found Among the Mallards – Hooded Merganzers – Day 29

The other day I mentioned the Hooded Merganzers I’d recently met.

Among the Mallards they were, paddling about so quietly that I almost missed them.

A sweet pair…

And you could tell, he was the one guarding the area, as she dove continually for fish.

Even with the water glare, when I did catch a glimpse of her I thought she was one of the prettiest little ducks I’d ever seen.

I sure hope I see them again for a visit… if they’ll let me.

I must remember to ask her, who does her DOO?!  😉

Merganzer Morning – The Rest of the Story

I usually do a “hop around the ‘hood” on the mornings that I can actually break free to photograph.

And this morning, after my glorious sighting of the merganzers at Mill Landing, I “hopped” on over to Cockle Cove beach.

Where I spotted, much to my delight, the same grouping of merganzers still quick a distance away, swimming right towards me!

I could see that all of them were paddling very quickly.

Some were pairing off…

While  others were busy snorkeling…

It was a beautiful sight, seeing them come closer, and closer, and then finally moving right past me.

This time, heading straight toward the sun.

Merganzer Magic

I love merganzers, especially the red-breasted variety with their amazing crests!

I came upon this beautiful pair late yesterday at Mill Landing.

Now I know they say that often in the bird kingdom it’s the males of the species who really shine.

And this male red-breasted truly was a most dashing fellow, to be sure.

But somehow, for me, it was his Lady Fair who took my breath away…

She was perfectly coiffed, her red button eyes bright and gleaming in the setting sun’s light. Her reddish feathers a stunning contrast to the blue and gold reflections on the water.

The two seemed most taken with one another.

He never let her out of his sight, and I could hear them exchanging gentle murmerings whenever they passed each other by in the swirling current.

Once they spotted me along the shore, they were up and away.

I hope I didn’t ruin their day.

They certainly made mine.