Common Mergansers are a common sight at Lake Meredith each winter, and although I haven’t seen nearly as many this year as last, I have had several opportunities to photograph them the last few months. Unfortunately, it’s not just the mergansers, all waterfowl populations have been down. Populations of Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Sandhill Cranes, Red-winged Blackbirds and others have been low as well.
I’ve also had a few chances last fall and this spring to photograph Red-breasted Mergansers as well. This is the first year I’ve noticed them, but to be honest there may have been some in the past and I just was unable to differentiate them from the Common Mergansers. The females of the two species are pretty hard for me to tell apart still.
Common Merganser female
Common Merganser male
Red-breasted Merganser pair