Thursday 7 January 2016

Goosander and Mergansers.

With the promise of a sunny day I headed West to Widewater to have another go at the Red-breasted Mergansers. After several attempts over the last couple of years with the birds keeping their distance it was great to actually get a pair much closer. They were very active all the time constantly diving for small fish and being harassed by the local Gulls every time they caught one.

Male Red-breasted Merganser displaying.

Male Red-breasted Merganser.

Female Red-breasted Merganser.

It was then a pleasant surprise to come across a very smart male Goosander. Unfortunately the promised sunshine had given way to heavy cloud and eventually rain. The wind was also very strong and this increased even more throughout the day. I then had to return home early to drive Pen to the dentist and this was when the weather improved!!

Male Goosander.

Black-headed Gull.

Carrion Crow.


  1. Smashing captures,love the Goosanders.
    Happy new Year.

  2. Great shots of sawbills together! Again, second blog I've seen with that today. Merganser breasts look like strawberry jam. Seeded.

  3. Red-breasted merganser is funny looking bird, but lovely.