Common Mergansers are voracious eaters. These 4 siblings know just where to find the fish in the Alsea River.
I didn’t see them catching any crawdads but there were plenty of mudcats, or sculpin, being swallowed.
It actually looks like a terrible way to die for a fish.
It takes a while for the duck to get it into the right position to swallow so the fish doesn’t spread its fins.
I keep wanting to lend him my opposable thumbs.
I watched, several times, as one duck would come up under another who had a fish. It looked like they’d try to scare it into dropping it. In this video, though, I think one is trying to grab it from the other. I’m not sure who won but the fish clearly did not. I choose to believe the first duck hung onto his food and got to finish his meal. But I’m an optimist and don’t like thieves…even if they are just siblings at the dinner table.