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hooded merganser

  1. Hooded Merganser 1270.jpg

    Hooded Merganser 1270.jpg

    Hooded Merganser
  2. Hooded merganser.jpg

    Hooded merganser.jpg

    A male Hooded Merganser stretches his wings.
  3. Hooded Merganser Male and Females.

    Hooded Merganser Male and Females.

    I rate these up there with the Wood Ducks. In other words, they are like my favorites of the Duck World here in the North America Continent.
  4. Hooded Merganser 2.jpg

    Hooded Merganser 2.jpg

    Male Hooded Merganser
  5. Hooded Merganser.jpg

    Hooded Merganser.jpg

    Upon my exit from Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina I spotted these beautiful ducks. Even the unlucky get lucky sometimes.
  6. Hooded mergansers

    Hooded mergansers

    Male hooded mergansers showing off their 'hoods'
  7. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

    Smallish duck with flamboyant crest. Raised in this picture to attract nearby female. Males (pictured here) have a black back, white breast, and chestnut flanks. Females are overall tawny gray brown.
  8. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

    These elegant fish-eating ducks prefer shady ponds but also occur in bays and estuaries in winter. I felt lucky to capture these males displaying in full sunlight with crests raised reflected in the water looking like a pinwheel. These North American endemics are the only members of the genus...
  9. Hooded Merganser, Male

    Hooded Merganser, Male

    At Huntington Beach State Park, SC
  10. Hooded Mergansers

    Hooded Mergansers

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    Hooded Merganser 1302.jpg

    Hooded Merganser
  12. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

  13. Hooded mergansers

    Hooded mergansers

    A pair of hooded mergansers that I spotted in the fall. I love their crests. Such beauties!
  14. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

  15. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

  16. Hooded Merganser pair

    Hooded Merganser pair

    Another look at this attractive couple. I was lucky to catch these, a neighbor who lives near this pond told me they were only there for a few hours. I happened to walk by at the right time.
  17. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser



    Saw the female a few days ago, paddling around in the little pond about half a kilometer from my home. Just assumed it was a Common Merganser that I have seen quite often in the past. Then I saw the male and got a few shots of them together. But I still didn't put two and two together till this...
  19. Hooded Merganser, Hoody, Sawbill

    Hooded Merganser, Hoody, Sawbill

    This is one of my favorites so far. From what I can see, the conditions were great for once. Plus, the bird "somewhat" cooperated. My wife, kids, and I went to the marsh, had a lunch, and then went our separate ways. Our college student, foster son and middle of 5, walked around...
  20. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

  21. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

  22. Hooded Merganser

    Hooded Merganser

    Starting to see some movement of migrating ducks thru the area, like this Hooded Merganser, so spring must be on it's way right.... lol - getting the biggest snow of this season today. The ducks may be thinking they made a mistake to move up to this area this soon.... Though these are relative...
  23. Male Hooded merganser

    Male Hooded merganser

    This bird is hard to photograph without blowing out the white head patch. This one is semi-good but I like it because he's eating his favorite food - crayfish. (I spent a couple unsuccessful hours attempting to ID the species of crayfish.)
  24. A fly over

    A fly over

    And it turned out pretty decent ;)
  25. Don't laugh at me (2)

    Don't laugh at me (2)