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Old Mar 29, 2012, 8:49 PM   #1
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Default Red-breasted Merganser & Eider

Taken yesterday in Gloucester, MA

This male Merganser was having a bad hair day with the strong East wind blowing off the water.

The female didnít fear much better.

Stand up and be counted.

Male Common Eider.

Female Common Eider.

First Winter male Common Eider.

Returning with the catch.
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 1:36 AM   #2
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Nice shots. Ducks may be 'boring' but there are some spectacular species - and that Common Eider (drake) is none too plain !

Harelequins, Mandarins, Teals, Woodies .. lots of gorgeous birds.

On another note, ducks seem to be one of those species with the greatest variance in appearance between the sexes !
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 5:47 AM   #3
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Excellent shots. The mergansers, indeed, look like they were having bad hair days. The male common eider shots are really nice.
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Nice portraits of the Eiders - we seldom get to see those this far South. Northern ducks are scarce here - we regularly get a few Long-tails, and had a Harlequin hang around for a couple of winters a while back. You have seen them all this year.
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