Mixed Ducks at the end of the road

 

After the morning Long-tailed Ducks (see the posting that preceded this one) we felt the need of a walk after lunch. Returning from the morning birding I had noticed from the car some “small duck” in the river beside Macdonald Campus so we walked down there to see what was still about.

St-Lawrence river from Macdonald Campus looking downriver towards Montreal - where the ducks were.
St-Lawrence river from Macdonald Campus looking downriver towards Montreal – where the ducks were.

A very nice collection of assorted ducks, was the what was about. A pair of Bufflehead (male and female) some 25 Common Goldeneye arriving in a flock and settling on the water nearby, a tight formation of 20 Hooded Mergansers swimming along, a single Common Merganser, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Black-backed Gull, 8 Ring-billed Gulls and about 30 Scaup though too far away to determine if Lesser or Greater.

The photographs in the gallery below were all taken with the Sony NEX-7 (MILC) camera which is just about powerful enough for record shots though not calendar images … it has the merit, however, of portability and clarity.

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