Common Merganser ♂ (breeding)
I have my wife to thank for this photo. She was watching an area across the road at Spenard Crossing when she reported an unknown bird/duck with a red bill. Not knowing what she saw I walked over and waited. About five minutes later I was rewarded by my first sight of a male Common Merganser in his beautiful breeding plumage. I've see the females and possibly the males in non-breeding plumage but this is my first male in breeding plumage! What a thrill! Of course, those danged white feathers on this guy really makes exposure interesting!!
Taken 13 April 2018 at Spenard Crossing, Anchorage, Alaska.