This bronze wildlife sculpture began life as a decorative wood carving done with tupelo, and carved in the decorative decoy style.
A medium-sized diving duck, this species of merganser prefers salt water more than other US species of mergansers. They also breed farther north and winter farther south than other species. In the breeding season, Red-breasted Mergansers migrate to Alaska and across northern Canada, and down to the Great Lakes, preferring wooded lakes and tundra ponds for nesting sites. In winter, they migrate southward, wintering along the coasts from Alaska to northern Mexico, the Canadian Maritime Provinces south to Florida, and extending across the Gulf Coast. Swimming underwater in search of prey, they consume mostly small fish, but also rounding out their diet with amphibians, crustaceans, worms, and insects.
“Checking out the Competition” – Red-breasted Merganser, won the 1st Place Award, Sculpture Division, in the
2010 Indiana Wildlife Artists Competition, Muncie, Indiana