Pair of red-breasted mergansers swimming

In addition to visiting the Cape Cod Canal, we also checked out some of the locations in the Southeastern Massachusetts area. Scuesset Beach, located in Sandwich Massachusetts, is a state reservation. It runs along the Cape Cod Canal and abuts a sandy beach on Buzzards Bay. At this location, more red-breasted mergansers were present and were swimming close enough to the shore to obtain out good images.

Red-breasted merganser scratching its head with its foot

Located on the canal on the Scuesset Beach Reservation is a fishing pier. Looking down into the water the rockweed and colors of the raw were interesting. Normally I would have taken this picture utilizing a polarizing filter since the polarizing filter for my 200 to 500 mm lens was back on my desk. The subject still interests me, and so I took a picture without the polarizing filter. When I got back home and after downloading the images and selecting which image of the rockweed that I liked, I utilize the develop module in Lightroom and the dehaze tool. The dehaze tool took the haze of shooting through water away.


The first day we also try to locate the tufted duck reported on the Acushnet River but to no avail. We finished up the first day at Tamarac Park where looking across the marsh; I located a male Belted Kingfisher sitting on a branch.

Belted Kingfisher

On day two, we visited Jenny Pond in Plymouth where the finding was a first of the year ring-necked duck. There was another lady birding around the pond, and we discussed what birds she had seen. Of course, the ring-neck duck was the best find. A mute swan was swimming in close to shore and feeding and I obtained a picture with the swan just lifted its head out of the water and had water droplets falling off its beak.

Mute swan would water dripping from its beak
Ring-neck duck

Our final stop was the parking lot at Plymouth Harbor behind East Bay Grille. Swimming in the harbor were more red-breasted mergansers along with white-winged scoters.

White-winged scoter

When I visit this area, I always take a close look at the gulls that are present. The reason for this is usually every year at least one Iceland gull returns to this area. So far this year up to this day, I have not found an Iceland Gull and reading bird lists have shown that nobody else has reported the Iceland Gull been present. With my binoculars to my eyes, I searched four gulls that were sitting on the railing. Behold, I found a gull that did not have any black on its wings tips – the Iceland gull has returned. Below, is a picture of the Iceland Gull and a herring gull sitting on the railing and demonstrating the difference in field marks. Well, persistence paid off.

Comparison of the Field Marks of an Iceland Gull and a Herring Gull
Iceland gull
Iceland gull

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