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!
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.