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

Many diving ducks winter along Lake Michigan. This male red-breasted merganser was forced inland to the downtown portion of the Chicago River in search of food due to a brutal winter that froze much of the species' favored feeding areas in the lake.

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Date Taken: 03.2014
Date Uploaded: 10.2016
Photo Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Copyright: © Richard Pallardy