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Tideline discovery

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There’s been at least one maybe two Red Breasted Mergansers here in north Norfolk since mid summer. Relatively common here in winter; summer visitors are scarce. It was a shame to find what was presumably the female dead on the tideline last week. She appeared to be in good condition so I’m not sure why she died; maybe just old age.

If you look closely you can see why mergansers belong to the ‘Sawbill’ group of ducks. The ‘teeth’ along the cutting edge of the bill mean business when it comes to hanging onto to slippery fish.

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Red breasted Merganser

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Red breasted Merganser2

 

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