While in Saint John last week, a visit to Falls View Park, at the mouth of the Saint John river gave me an opportunity to photograph these beautiful male Common Mergansers. There were no females within this group.
To the right is the view from Falls View Park where I saw these Common Mergansers.
Travelling further up the river we stopped at Westfield to take a picture of the car ferry there and saw, downriver in the open water; Ring-necks and Black Ducks and also a few Common Goldeneye. These ducks were at too far a distance to get their pictures but further up the river we saw a larger group of Common Goldeneye. There were also some females among this group. The female common Goldeneye is the one with the brown head and the male is the one with the prominent white circle between its eye and bill. And yet another surprise awaited me when I downloaded my pictures for I found that amongst the Goldeneye there was a Scaup! This had turned out to be a rather nice day for seeing ducks. We had seen 6 species in all:
Common Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks, Black Ducks, Common Goldeneye, one Scaup and earlier in the day we had seen Mallards at Lily Lake.