Mergansers

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

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Common Merganser male

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Red-breasted Merganser pair

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