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 on: Today at 08:42:12 PM 
Started by winterwren - Last post by winterwren

Okay, again, not brilliant fotos in the rain, but i was curious about the red colouring in with the white on this male Common Merganser?
Whaddya think wren?

I've noticed that colouring a number of times and I was wondering if it was a seasonal thing, or a nutrition thing (like the rusty colour on the Trumpeter Swans when they come back from the Arctic). But no, apparently it's there all the time: BNA Online describes the male Common Merganser as having "sides of body and rump, breast, belly, and undertail coverts creamy white with salmon tinge."

I think that 'salmon tinge' simply shows up better in certain light conditions. I was reminded of it yesterday while watching a Common Merganser and some goldeneyes near each other. By himself, the merganser seemed white, but seen beside the goldeneyes he had that orangey cast!
I believe that in brighter light, the white reflects light and shows whiter. The rainy conditions in your photos may be the best to show off that colouring.

 on: Today at 07:25:33 PM 
Started by boonibarb - Last post by nubchai
Dad's beak does look really good!   smile

 on: Today at 07:24:38 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
17:27 more eagleness in the nest then both off to the babysitting tree for the night


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li5YBCpen84" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li5YBCpen84</a>

 on: Today at 07:23:01 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
17:12 more nest visit


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M46tO9bGbzI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M46tO9bGbzI</a>

17:17 more of these two on the nest


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXmRwh9g7Kk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXmRwh9g7Kk</a>

 on: Today at 06:58:57 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
16:59 eagle on glass house is off inland and then we find both in the nest


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpi8mTMiS1c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpi8mTMiS1c</a>

 on: Today at 05:50:44 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
16:27 the eagle that arrived last flies off right and down


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWGsdTdPp7w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWGsdTdPp7w</a>

 on: Today at 05:41:23 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
16:20 2nd eagle in from the left to join eagle on glass house tree, flaps a bit while settling on a perch


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E13TPnUaKw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E13TPnUaKw</a>

 on: Today at 05:39:47 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
16:06 eagle on left side of his and hers flies off to the right


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID7gy4q5-SY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID7gy4q5-SY</a>

 on: Today at 05:19:51 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
15:57 the 2nd eagle flies in from the left and now both are on his and hers


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Yf0ab9EBM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Yf0ab9EBM</a>

 on: Today at 05:17:30 PM 
Started by paintnut - Last post by paintnut
15:50 eagle off the babysitting tree to the left


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9wE8jhUNW0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9wE8jhUNW0</a>

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