Popping up from a dive with a wriggling fish in its serrated beak, this large, sleek duck must watch out for many threats.
The hunter’s rifle, the fisherman’s net, and human disturbance of its prey all take their toll. The construction of dams and canals destroys its gravelly fishing grounds, and the clearing of virgin forests removes the natural tree holes that shelter the merganser and its young.
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