Springtime is full of activity as ducks try to attract the attention of the opposite sex. Males attract females with their vibrant colors.
Male Common Merganser
The female common mergansers don’t change their plumage much, if at all.
Female Common Merganser
But their attitude seems to change quite a bit during courtship. They choose a mate and chase the other males away. Sometimes it looks like she’s even grouchy with her mate though.
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When it’s time to mate, though, the female gets very quiet.
She probably laid stretched out in the water for about 5 minutes before her partner was ready.