Lorelei and I went to Lake Isabella today just to kill some time. While Lorelei plunked stones into the lake, I scanned the far side for birds. And I saw some ducks all the way over there, and thought, "oh, look, some buffleheads...never seen them here before."
But that ID didn't feel right. These ducks had alot of white on them, and there were also some others with brown heads.
I grabbed my field guide...
*Susan does the happy dance...Boom shaka laka laka, boom shaka laka laka*
I tried and tried to get closer so I could get better pictures, but the lake is shaped in a way that you can't get to certain places, which was exactly where the mergansers were. Water birds are so fussy.
The brown-headed ones turned out to be females. I have heard that female ducks are sometimes as hard as sparrows to ID, but it was the female mergansers that helped me ID these.
I didn't mean to get a shot like this, but the guy on the shore is taking a leak.
Hee hee...sorry, dude!
I'm happy. Life bird number 105!