Before heading home late this afternoon,
I stopped by Burying Hill Beach in Westport
to check out the bird scene.
There were a few Red-breasted Mergansers close to the beach, I quickly notice something very different between two males that were now paired up. They were in a dancing competition for the attention of a nearby lady friend.
The two faced each other and in a well choreographed duet they started the dance.
The moves they made were all in unison, from paddling across the water as fast as they could to dipping their chest below the surface with bills facing the sky, to elongating their necks and bills skyward.
I felt honored to witness this event that lasted a minute at best. Finally the lady chose her guy, and the loser slowly swam off to let the couple be.
All was not lost for second place finisher, for not fifty feet away was another female, alone, he swam up to her and the last I saw of them, they were happily diving below the surface together in search of their next meal.
Enjoy the photos below, showing the various dance steps!
Click on pictures to enlarge.
Bills up as if to say "en guard"
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