Monday, February 14, 2005

Red-breasted Merganser

Yes I know the photos aren't great but you have to try. RbMs are some of the most easly-spooked birds around and they take flight at the slightest inclination. That combined with the sun shining in my face meant I was never going to get decent shots of this superb male Red-breasted Merganser on the Welland north of Crowland, Lincolnshire (hanging out with a bunch of Goosanders).

Note the size difference between the drake Goosander and the drake RbMerg.

Goosander, Merg and Tufty.

Check out the difference in bill size and structure.

Tails up!
Nikon Coolpix 880 + Kowa TSN-821 + 32xW LER

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