February is a good month to look for red-breasted merganser ducks in New York City’s East River. Today I saw the one in these two photos. I wrote about another on a February Sunday in 2011. The red-breasted merganser is a diving duck; it mainly eats fish, which it dives under water to catch. Below is a picture of this duck’s energetic dive, just before he disappeared.
I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.
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