25.4.20

Open Water - Red-breasted Mergansers

12" x 24" acrylic on canvas
On a drive out to Oak Point one spring day, I was taking in the view and the colours of late afternoon when this pair swam through the scene. Red-breasted Mergansers are ducks that dive for fish and clasp them with the serrated edges of their bills, giving them the nickname of "sawbill". They are often found in coastal waters (from Cornell). I first saw them on a field trip along the coast with Nature Miramichi years ago. They were an inspiring subject for a painting.
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