As winter tightens its grip in this part of the world, birds that require ice-free bodies of water are “flocking” to the Rio Grande of northern New Mexico. In particular, greater numbers of bald eagles are now showing up. They hunt the ducks that now, also, are arriving, along with fish.
Also present are widgeons, buffleheads and common mergansers. Hooded mergansers have been present in small numbers in past winters, but have yet to show up. All of these ducks are skittish and hard to photograph, but become more tolerant of observers when they are in a group with canada geese, as in the photo above.
These photos were taken with a Coolpix P900, from a car parked on the roadside.