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Copyright: Curtis Penner (pennerc) (20)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor AF-S 55-200 f/1.4-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-25 16:36
Viewed: 3403
Points: 1
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This picture was take on Beaver Mines Lake. These youngsters where just swimming around with know sign of the mother. I think these are some kind of loon but am not sure. If any one knows what kind of bird they are I will love to know.

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They look like Common Mergansers, Curtis -- always a lovely sight with their red heads. The adult males are black and white, but all the chicks, male and female, have colors similar to the female until the late fall. Then the juvenile males start to look really strange because they have a bit of both as they molt into adult plumage.
Mergansers are 'fishing ducks', with hard, serrated bills. They dive and swim underwater to catch fish.

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