A Sure Cure for the Winter Grays: Merganser Zest – Day 54

Sharing such a lovely Red-breasted Merganser fellow I met along Town Cove in Orleans.

Fortunately for me, it was right around sunset time AND — he was mighty hungry…

Diving, and diving for dinner!

So he paid little heed to my presence, and I got the chance to get a few more images than usual.

These birds have been such wonderful companions this winter…

Adding so much life and color and ZING! to our gray, wintry Cape Cod seascapes.

I will miss them, when they leave us in the Spring, and will be looking for them again come fall.

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?!


A Red-breasted Merganzer Punk Star in Black and White… Almost – Day 34

The light was turning pretty crummy this morning, and I almost didn’t go out at all.

I am so glad now that I DID.

Or I would have missed this amazing punk star Red-breasted Merganzer.

Whose DOO more than made up for the crummy light. 😉

It was almost a moment in black and white…

Yet not.  ❤ ❤

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.