This was sent in from Jim Duckworth, a frequent photo contributor to our cause…

© Jim Duckworth

“The red-breasted merganser is listed as an “uncommon” visitor to the slough. On Sunday, February 28, there was a group of about a dozen swimming together along the east shoreline north of Kirby Park. I took the photo from my sea kayak as I watched them doing their breeding season posturing and generally having a good time. As the photo shows, they are a beautiful bird and one to watch for while kayaking at Elkhorn Slough this time of year. Either a long zoom camera lens or a pair of binoculars  would be useful in observing these birds.”