08/24/17 Common Mergansers

Posted: September 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

One day while I was following the progress of the Loon nest at Echo Lake, I came across two Mergansers that had come ashore to avoid the loon that was not on the nest. Loons will attack the mergansers, especially when nesting.  The loon made several passes and showed many aggressive poses, almost standing up and spreading it’s wings. After about twenty minutes, the loon swam away and these two went on their way.

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Keeping an eye on the loon.


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All clear, they go on their way.


  1. Nancy Gourlie says:

    Do hooded mergansers come this far north Ray? I would see them often on the bay in Brigantine.

  2. Beautiful! Love that first shot especially.

  3. favorite merganser pictures ever, Ray thank you how long will you remain in the northern paradise? best c

  4. Amy Bufano says:

    I really appreciate these photos. I never realized how beautiful their contrasting colors were. Thanks for sharing.

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