Friday, December 19, 2014

The Merganser

Hooded Merganser (male)
Lophodytes cucullatus
crayon, tusche
These shy but active ducks stay near the dam in the winter. There's currently a group of two males and one female. As soon as I approach, they swim to the other side of the pool above the dam. They are often busy, diving below the surface hunting for small fish or crustaceans to eat. I like the idea that an animal can be described as "busy". This somehow cheers me up. What animal cheers you up?

Bonne journée!

1 comment:

Klaus von Mirbach said...

Right next to my workplace is a large glass door, I can look in our garden, and when I sit there in silence for a while some titmice came and sometimes a robin to visit me and then they ask me: Can you give us some more peanuts? And some small apple pieces? And arent there no more christmas cookies?

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