Red-breasted Merganser Portrait

Red-breasted Merganser close upRed-breasted Merganser close up – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 160, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

There have only been a few times that I have had the opportunity to get a Red-breasted Merganser portrait and each time it occurred in Florida. I was photographing with a friend at Fort De Soto County Park in May of 2009 when we found a Red-breasted Merganser resting on a spit of sand right after it finished hunting for food. We were in the lagoon taking images of other birds and were able to slowly approach the merganser as it stretched, preened and rested without causing it to become alarmed.

I was able to see the fine details in its feathers, the serrated edge of its bill and had a great view of its eye too.

I enjoyed taking this Red-breasted Merganser portrait but most of all I felt honored that the bird allowed me into its world even for a short period of time.

Life is good



  1. Lynn November 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    What a lovely photo and what a blessing that this Merganser let you into his space. Happy Thanksgiving, Mia.

  2. Lynn November 26, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Lovely photo of this Merganser. This was a blessing. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Elephant's Child November 25, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Love that ‘do’.
    And yes, on the privilege about sharing their world.

  4. Cindy November 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Always a treat to view your pictures, Mia. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. Bob Mcpherson November 25, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Absolutely beautiful Mia. Pls do a curtsy and take a bow.

  6. Nancy Collins November 25, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Beauty! Love it Mia!

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