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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

These handsome diving ducks belong to the sawbill family, so called because of their long, serrated bills, used for catching fish. Their diet of fish such as salmon and trout has brought them into conflict with game fishermen. At home on both fresh- and saltwater, red-breasted mergansers are most commonly seen around the UK's coastline in winter. They are gregarious, forming flocks of several hundred in the autumn. (RSPB)
It was a dull day on Shetland.



35 comments:

  1. Great picture of the Red-breasted Merganser, sharp with nice colors.

    Ottar

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  2. McQueen for fowl!

    Great puffin header, Bob :-)


    Aloha

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  3. Wow!!I love your new header more than the other Bob!!!
    Great shots and photos!!!
    Very cute duck!!!!
    Dimi..

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    1. I am glad you're pleased with my new header Dimi, thanks very much.

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  4. i like the water drip on his bill. :)

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  5. Nice birds indeed and nicely caught Bob.

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  6. Posting is formidable.
    Amazing!

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  7. I really like the RBM it's one bird I've seen only at distance and never photographed, I'm pretty envious. I too like the new header image, I hope you don't take offence but is it one bird or two?

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  8. Bob, Cute shots of the Merganser!

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  9. Może i umie łowić ryby, ale uczesać się nie potrafi, bo ma roczochrane piórka na głowie :)
    He may know how to catch fish, but he can not comb because he has not ordered a feather on his head :)

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    1. They are lovely without the comb, cheers Giga.

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  10. But such beauties. We can forgive them for wanting food. :-)

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  11. HI Bob I love the 2 Puffins in your header and love the drip on the ducks bill. Margaret

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  12. That bird looks like he needs a good brush for his head. Lovely photos

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  13. I think that's this year summer hair style ! beautiful !

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  14. Very pretty ducks. :)

    And, you've had some fun with that header! Very impressive. :)

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  15. Beautiful!

    I host a weekly link party called "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" on Fridays and would love to have you link.

    - The Tablescaper

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  16. Hi Bob,
    Beautiful photos of the mergansers.
    Your new header I find beautiful, very well made​​.
    Kind regards, Irma

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    1. Thanks for your commont on the new header Irma.

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  17. Bob,
    ich finde die so nett. Vor allen Dingen
    die Häubchen.
    Einen sonnigen Mittwoch wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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  18. Oh Bob such pretty birds
    very very cute

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  19. kjempe fine bilder og teknisk så bra!

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  20. I love these sawbills! We get them here in the early spring, fall and winter.

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  21. We get common mergansers here and in winter I hate when they move into my pond. They stay a week or so and eat a lot of trout. They are beautiful though.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=common+merganser+images&client=firefox-a&hs=2Dq&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Fd3KUb2KMs7j4APr0oCAAw&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=861

    Love your new header!

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  22. Bob again a beautiful shot of this beautiful bird!
    Kind regards,
    Annie

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  23. Bob, I really like the educational information you are providing with your pics; it helps me learn about the species and its habits.

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