14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Female red-breasted merganser, Chicago River, Chicago, IL

This bird was part of a flock driven inland due to starvation after a cold winter froze much of the Lake Michigan shoreline. I love the golden cast on her understated plumage. The image almost looks like an ink drawing to me.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX P100
Copyright: © Richard Pallardy