My all time favorite duck is the hooded merganser so I really look forward to this time of year when they begin to arrive in our area.

We saw six “hoodies” yesterday in a marsh pond, three males and three females.

What I find to be both interesting and amusing about these cute little ducks is their head crest which can be raised or lowered. In the first photo you can see this male has his lowered at the moment, but it will be seen raised in all the rest of the photos because that’s how I prefer to photograph them.

To me the comical mergansers are almost like a cartoon bird. Something that was imagined and drawn up for an animated movie.

I love the face of the male with that bright orange eye in his black face and the extremely bright white head crest

The female, with her brown head crest raised has a Bride of Frankenstein look to her I always thought.

The mergansers are very entertaining to watch as they float around the pond occasionally chasing one another around, and when they rise up out of the water and puff out their chests, it truly is an amazing sight!

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

I’m hoping to have more opportunities to watch and photograph these diving ducks and if some stay around you will all be seeing more of them for sure.

40 thoughts on ““Hoodies”!

    • Thank you very much, ducks are fun birds which I always enjoy observing and photographing. I have previously posted some wood duck photos, the male of that species is particularly handsome. 🙂

    • Yeah like maybe a sci fi cartoon. If you wanted to attempt to depict what an animal from another world might look like you could just use these guys, you wouldn’t have to change anything. 🙂

  1. My favorite duck is the painted wood-duck , but that’s because I’ve never seen hooded merganzers in real life.
    The photos are AMAZING as always… and they look like super-interesting birds besides.
    I don’t think I’ve smiled this much all day!

    • I have posted photos of wood ducks previously, the male WD is particularly striking.
      I’m glad the pics of these hoodies made you smile, I feel the exact same way. Seeing and photographing the mergansers always makes me happy!

  2. Amazing photos, and these ducks are just too cute for words. I can’t wait until I get to see one in real life. Guess I need to start hunting for them around the bay. thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

  3. I enjoy looking at your photos. They are as always wonderful – and this bird species is particulary pretty. Its eyes and its really special head are stunning!

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