14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Red-breasted merganser, Chicago River, Chicago, IL
Many diving ducks winter along Lake Michigan. This male red-breasted merganser was forced inland to the downtown portion of the Chicago River in search of food due to a brutal winter that froze much of the species' favored feeding areas in the lake.
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||Oct. 20, 2016, 6:44 p.m.