Pitt Street Mergansers ~ a small study!

Hooded Mergansers have been hanging out around the Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant, SC, all winter long. Each time I visit the bridge I watch the flock feed, swim and sleep, and take as many photographs as time allows.

I’ve always loved the look of Hooded Mergansers, male and female. In breeding plumage the males sport a black and white crest and the females have a reddish-brown crest. Both can inflate their crest to attract the other.  

The inspiration behind this 12” by 14”, oil on board study was seeing them in action. These ducks are fast to take off and are a challenge to photograph. I like the formation of the two pairs and the variety in the way their wings are set. 

    Pitt Street Mergansers    by William R. Beebe, 12 x 14, oil on board, $850 (unframed)

Pitt Street Mergansers by William R. Beebe, 12 x 14, oil on board, $850 (unframed)

I’ve never painted a merganser before so I thought I’d start with a small study. I’ve priced it accordingly and it is now available on our website.  

I hope you like it. Thank you for following my art and reading my journal!  

My easel is empty and waiting for me to get started!  ☺


One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
 What's next?  Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe