In my experience it is rarely possible to get close to this large duck.
They are more likely in our area to been seen on rivers rather than in Lake Ontario.
In the breeding season, Common Merganser females “kidnap” youngsters from less aggressive mothers so that broods of 30 or more are accumulated.
Humber River area scenes:
We haven’t had red fox sightings in this neighbourhood in more than a decade (coyotes are a different story). About a month ago we saw one passing through the front garden. Then the real thrill came Monday afternoon when I glanced out the window and saw one in the backyard. I grabbed my camera and started shooting through the window. I don’t know how it got into the fenced-in yard, but it hung around for about 10 minutes before looking for a place to jump the chain-link fence and moving on to the neighbour’s yard.
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes. – Lord Byron (1788–1824)
Beautiful photographs today, Miles!
They kidnap the young of other, less aggressive mothers? What is that–some sort of “survival of the fittest”?
Because they can protect/take care of them better?
The things one learns!
That female merganser must have a very strong maternal instinct. My husand was laughing at the photo and said she looked like a kindergarten teacher with her class of ducklings!
I was really impressed with the agility of the fox climbing the chain link fence – what a beautiful,intelligent animal.