All aboard! Check out the Merganser train depicted in these photos from Jim Dubois, a member of Nature Canada's online community.
I'm inclined to think that all of those are her babies, but that may be more my heart thinking than my brain. I know they lay up to twelve eggs, but with the mine field of predators they live among, raising the whole batch would take some pretty exceptional mothering skills. Some pretty exceptional luck, too. There's another female in the same area with 11 young, but there are also a couple with none at all. Perhaps the two with the big broods have collected the survivors ofJim gives a lot of his photos to nonprofits to use as educational tools in the hopes that his photography helps people reconnect with the natural world that is so often overlooked or taken for granted these days. Thanks Jim, I'll definitely post more in the future!
the others. The area I took these shots in is the corner where three active eagle territories abut, so there's no lack of predators. Lots of mink and otter there, too.