Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 12, 2017

It was quiet on the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning. Only thing I could come up with for a few shots was a female Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club. It did extensive preening  and then went on to relax. It hung out with about 50 Mallards that were also just taking a break with the high winds. Other birds to note, the Ross’s Goose was still hanging around Veteran’s Park and Hooded Merganser, male was off in a distance at the yacht club. Temps were low 40’s with sun but had wind gusts from 35-40 mph so it was just not a pleasant day out there. A warm up is on the way, maybe some new birds will be found along with that change. Images were taken on February 12, 2017.

Red-breasted Merganser, female

Red-breasted Merganser, female

Red-breasted Merganser

Binomial name: Mergus serrator

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 23” long, 30” wing span

Weight: 2.3 lb

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Preening

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Shaking off!

Heading to the water

Into the water...

Into the water…

Preening

Preening

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Resting

Resting

They are always watching what is going on around them, weather it is another duck or just you!

Usually on the lookout

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

2 Responses to Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 12, 2017

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    The water looks like beautiful crystals. Great shots! Get ready for the spring migration!

  2. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    She’s a beauty Jim. Thanks for sharing. Spring is just around the corner!!

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