I know that ducks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I happen to like them and a species of duck that I really like are Red-breasted Mergansers. They don’t have the typical “Donald Duck” bills, they have long, thin serrated bills that are used to catch and hold their prey.
I photographed this Red-breasted Merganser floating on the Gulf of Mexico on an April morning from the shoreline at Fort De Soto, Florida in April of 2008. The merganser had been actively fishing in the Gulf and then it seemed to rest and catch its breath while floating on top of the waves. It looked so peaceful riding the waves that I can remember that I felt peaceful too and thoroughly enjoyed the warm sun, wet sand and sunshine on my skin as I watched and photographed this bird.
Life is good. It is better with birds.