Thursday, April 14, 2011

Red-breasted Merganser at Ding Darling...

...continued from the Captiva Island posts.
Matty and I watched a sweet female Red-breasted Merganser diving and preening at the Ding Darling NWR for a long time. She was very fastidious with her preening, and just as ambitious with her diving!

Now you see her...

...now you don't!
A female Red-breasted Merganser uses her powerful webbed feet to propel her into deeper waters to search out her prey, small fish. She hunts by sight, so it's no wonder we found her in such clear water...she logged a lot of underwater time!

...now you see her again (which means it's time to preen)!

14 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Excellent series once again. :)

Roy said...

Ah, another bird I miss seeing! They don't live here in Central PA, but they spend every Winter in the coastal waters and coves and inlets around Newport. One of their favorite haunts there was Newport Harbor.

Kerri said...

Wonderful captures!

Birding is Fun! said...

Cool shot of it under water!

Janice K said...

She does look a little wet, and look at those red eyes!

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly ..love the photo of her under water...pretty cool!!

Montanagirl said...

Terrific images, Kelly! Love the underwater view!

Chris said...

Oh cool Kelly, that second shot is unique and splendid!

Elaine said...

Such pretty orange feet! Lovely series.

Laure Ferlita said...

It takes a lot of preening to look cool while you're diving!

Cool captures!

Frank said...

Such experts underwater. Lovely shots of a species I see through the winter but usually at very long range.

Susan said...

Great underwater coverage of the and on the web!

JRandSue said...

Without doubt,a superb Capture.
John.

Kelly said...

...thanks you for the kind comments. Matty and I could have spent the entire afternoon watching the mergansers, cormorants, and anhingas too...diving. The merganser came the closest, and we could watch every move she made under the water--very cool to say the least!