Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Male Common Merganser: Watery Wednesday

The photos in this post are not new. Most of them were taken in the springs of other years, but I chose them as they are a visual follow up to the female of the Common Merganser species shown in the previous post, and to show the differences in the appearances of the male and female. Spring is the time when you would most often see the male and female of this species together so I really have no current pictures of this species together at this time of year. Also, as these male Common Mergansers are seen in a watery environment, I thought these photos appropriate for a posting to Watery Wednesday as they fit in well with the theme of Watery Wednesday, a new meme started just last week by 2sweetnsaxy at her Eyes Mind Heart blog.

20 comments:

Mary said...

He seems to be enjoying riding the waves! He's so different from the females. Great shots!

Darla said...

What a beautiful vibrant looking bird. Looks like he could use an inner tube!

Kyle said...

He really does look like he's "shooting the rapids" in that last pic. Great photos!

Leora said...

Yes, that last photo is wild...he's really riding the waves!

Carletta said...

I love the middle picture - the framing is wonderful and the water looks like I could stick my foot down in it - lovely.
Great Watery Wednesday.

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are so cool. I really like the last one that looks like it is naturally white water rafting.
:-D Thanks for participating in Watery Wednesday.

Connie said...

What pretty birds. I like the one riding the waves. Nice photos.

scienceguy288 said...

Great shot of the merganster amongst the waves. Cue the surfing music!

Norm said...

awesome birds! male merganster have attractive colors than the female. love the last pic too, his enjoying the waves..

fishing guy said...

Ann: What a neat looking duck, it has great colors. I rapid shot was really cool.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Lovely birds! Happy Watery Wednesday!

Kathiesbirds said...

Nice set of photos in both posts. It is amazing how different the male and female look. I love the shot of the male from the back. That's a lot of white! Is he wearing a tux? ;)

Denise said...

Lovely! I love ducks, they are such comical little things and you have captured them beautifully.

Rambling Woods said...

I too love ducks...this is great Ann

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the setting of a beautiful duck, looks like he was in a good ride on that last photo.

Becky and Gary said...

I've never seen the male before. What striking colors.
I especially like the one in the rapids.

Ruth said...

I got close to a male this past spring and noticed that his head was really green. I always thought they looked like they were wearing a black and white tuxedo. I particularly like the picture with the rapids.

Dar's Foto Faze said...

great shots. love the white water rafting.

troutbirder said...

neat pictures. Did they dive underwater and pop up some distance away?

me ann my camera said...

troutbirder:
Yes, they do!