Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Chincoteague NWR #3
Today's featured waterfowl is the female Red-breasted Merganser. Both these images were captured in the same pool as the Buffleheads featured in a prior post from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. As you can see from the bottom image, the bill of this duck is designed to enable catching minnows. Waterfowl hunters often refer to these guys as "hair heads", due to their unusual head feathering.
I'm off to Minnesota in search of Trumpeter Swans and Hawk/Great Grey Owls. There is a special known place in Monticello, MN to see the swans. And, as mentioned in a prior post since it is an irruption year, some of the rarely seen owls, normally viewed in the Canadian northern country, have moved down into MN. So, may be dormant depending on web access. Blue Skies.