While we were in Wisconsin for Don's class reunion in August, we set some time aside to enjoy the countryside of northern Wisconsin. One of the places we stopped at was Kashena Falls - there is no park there - no benches for sitting - no picnic tables, just a small graveled area off the side of the road to pull over and park. It is quiet and sacred there, the falls, the river, the trees - and the birds. We saw a heron fly in and land on a rock and then we walked across the bridge that goes over the falls.
Don spotted them first, a few ducks far across the river, swimming together. As I was focusing my camera and trying to find just where they were, they popped up again, right near the bridge. And this is what we saw.
The Mergansers were swimming in a group near the bridge . . .
They line up and followed each other through the small rapids . . .
I had to work fast - focusing and taking pictures - they moved quickly along with the current . . .
They floated down the river and crossed to the other side - still following in a line . . .
Walked up on some rocks on the edge of the river . . .
Crossed under the bridge . . .
And jumped back in the water . . .
And started off down the river - in line . . .