The common merganser is a large duck with long, slim neck and thick-based, hooked, red bill. White breast and sides, often tinged with pink, and lack of crest distinguish male for red-breasted merganser. Female’s bright chestnut, crested head and neck contrast sharply with white chin, white breast.
The female shown here was found in Zion National Park tackling the Virgin river. This adds to my collection of birds photographed and named. I never thought I would be a bird watcher, but I have found this to be a challenging hobby. Birds are camera shy, then trying to name them after getting good photos can be even more challenging sometimes. However it gets me out in the house and into the wild!