Merganser with a Salmon


 Common Mergansers are a kind of duck that mainly eat fish, this one has just caught a kokanee salmon and is about to swallow it whole. I took the photo at a stream near Lake Tahoe called Taylor Creek where each October thousands of these small lake salmon swim upstream to spawn. Beavers had dammed the creek and created a long pool, and around ten mergansers were spending time there. They usually hunted two or three together, first they would skitter quickly across the water surface to scare the fish into the shallows then they would swim underwater to catch them. 

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