Common Mergansers ....(Mergus merganser) below These images taken over several days in early July 2015 , while photographing Herons @ Pat Bay. I observed 2 different groups of these entertaining ducks, the first , a female with 3 chicks surviving the perils of early life and the other group of around 15 , a slightly older brood. At 1 point I spent over an hour about 10 meters away from the older flock who was sun bathing, stretching and grooming on the beach! A joy to watch these colourful fish eaters! The first few images show Mom with the kids .. practicing their snorkelling technique!
American Wigeon ...Anas americana
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) This is a new find for me on Vancouver Island ... I did know these colourful beauties existed here, but I had never found a wealth of them until this past May! They are wonderful to observe in their ducky habitats... A bit shy but if one sits quitely they reward you with many chances to make a nice image!