While the red-breasted mergansers I normally encounter here are not overly wary of humans and will allow me to approach quite closely before flushing.
However even when flushed the RB mergansers will fly only a short distance before settling back on the water.
A lone female RB merganser takes a break from fishing, resting on a recently exposed stump.
The Meadow Grounds Lake was first filled in 1964. The stump, which still appears to be in very good condition, has been submerged for nearly 50 years.