Red-breasted Merganser - LIFE-LISTER from Cape Cod
Pete drove me down the cape to go birding yesterday - my first time out in 5 weeks! He even drove me from place to place so I hardly had to walk. What a great son, right? Anyway, guess what I got at our very first stop? A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers! A new species for my lifelist! These two Mergansers were right on the Cape Cod Canal. Isn't he beautiful? Today every bone in my body hurts, but it was WAY worth it!
I love how this female's bright orange bill (which is also serrated, by the way!) is shining in the sun. She seems to be posing!
This is the photo I am most proud of because my mentor and friend, vidterry, said it was 'The best action shot of a Merganser' he's ever seen. Terry is the best photographer I know, so I am so proud I could pop! In fact, I'm grinning so much my face hurts!
Yesterday was like a gift from the universe to compensate for all the problems engulfing my life these days. The weather was perfect, and I got to see many of the winter ducks I've been hoping for. To tell the truth, I thought the Red-breasted Merganser males were much more attractive than I had expected. Much prettier than Common Mergansers (I know. Shame on me for being sentimental and superficial. Sorry.)
I love this picture, too. This is after he ate the fish, and he looks very pleased with himself. In fact, he appears to be grinning with delight, doesn't he?