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Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Mergus serrator


Males have a dark green shaggy head, a red bill and eye, and a rusty chest.


Spotted at Gulf State Park east.


Red-breasted mergansers dive and swim underwater. They mainly eat small fish, but also aquatic insects, crustaceans, and frogs.The fastest duck ever recorded was a red-breasted merganser that attained a top airspeed of 100 mph while being pursued by an airplane. This eclipsed the previous speed record held by a canvasback clocked at 72 mph.(Wikipedia)

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Orange Beach, Alabama, USA

Lat: 30.27, Long: -87.55

Spotted on Jan 24, 2019
Submitted on Feb 3, 2019

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