Monday, May 10, 2010

Mergansers--Watery Wednesday

Walking up to Mirror Lake I spotted this male common merganser in
Tenaya Creek.

Then I spied his mate. She is much harder to pick out in the raging water. I wasn't prepared, I'd never seen them in Yosemite before and they swim and dive quickly in the churning water. It is amazing that they can swim against the current. They must be incredibly strong.

Unfortunately, the view was blocked by the trees but I think it is interesting how she is swimming with her head in the water. We watched for a while before they flew off.


You can find more watery sites at Watery Wednesday, hosted for us by 2sweetnsaxy.

13 comments:

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Gaelyn said...

Nice captures Martha. Mergansers are quite entertaining.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, you can really see how fast the current is in your photographs.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

mergansers
braving raging stream
seeking fish

Inviting brook

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Beautiful shots. The raging waters though look a bit precarious though the mergansers don't seem to mind :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Brave little birds! Beautiful photos.

fredamans said...

I love the play with light in the first shot! Well done!

Carolyn Ford said...

What a nice sight to add to the already glorious beauty of that walk up to Mirror Lake! I can imagine how that creek is raging by now!

Paulie said...

Great catch in spite of the trees!

Ebie said...

He is a brave one swimming through the strong currents. Great catch!

ρομπερτ said...

Seems as if they were even stronger than much of the stones, having already some cracks. Beautiful photography. Wishing you all a nice Tuesday.

Laura said...

their strength is indeed amazing! I suppose we all have it in us to swim against the current from time to time:-)

Barb said...

It looks as though that current will sweep them away! They must be practicing for a Triathlon!