Yesterday, I featured some male Common Mergansers … today’s post features some females. Although called Common Mergansers, I often call them “Bad Hair Day Ducks”, from their obvious crests. Here are a few images I captured during slow times on my “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo workshop in January:
And to show the distinct differences between the males and females, here is an image of 2 males and a single female as they flew close by:
At times, when spooked by an approaching eagle or a large pelican, the mergansers would conduct a “mass exodus”:
Coming up … some more American White Pelican and Bald Eagle images!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D Mark 2 body
- Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 800
- Aperture f/8
- Shutter 1/1600 sec. to 1/2000 sec.