Featured in The Fabulous Prairies – April 19, 2010

Adult Description

  • Small to medium-sized duck.
  • Long, narrow bill.
  • Fluffy, fan-shaped crest.
  • Male with large white patch in crest.

Male Description
Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Circular crest with large white patch, outlined in black. Face black. Eyes gold. Back black. Sides rusty. Chest white, bordered by black and white stripes. Bill dark with yellow base.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Back, sides, and breast grayish brown. Belly white. Crest dusky, not brown like female’s. Eyes yellow. Bill black.
Female Description
Body brownish. Head brownish with bushy rufous crest. Small white patch on chin. Breast and neck slaty. Tail brownish. Wings blackish brown. Small white patch at base of wings. Eyes brownish buff. Upper mandible blackish green with orange edge, lower mandible orange or yellowish.
Immature Description
Immature resembles adult female. First-year male similar to female, but crest dull brown with a white patch, some black feathers on head and sides, bill dark, and eyes yellow.
Photographed at Hazel Creek, Manitoba, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens

1/500 sec


water, canada, duck, colorful, manitoba, merganser, diamondwillowdesigns, vickie emms, hooded merganser, hazel creek

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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • thanks so much Gina

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 4 years ago

    Wow, he is so gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Great capture hon.

  • thank you hon, I tried 4 times to upload this and had problems, had to move it to another folder then it worked,,,,imagine that!
    Glad you like it, was just down the road. That’s why I love this time of year as the odd ones go through on their migration. xo

    – Vickie Emms

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoover 4 years ago

    What an beauty Vickie! I am glad to see the description!

  • thank you so much Anne-Marie, I seem to have to do descriptions, maybe its because of my own rules in the wildflowers group, but I do find them interesting too,,,,,,,,many thanks

    – Vickie Emms

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot.

  • thank you Bob

    – Vickie Emms

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonover 4 years ago

    Awesome Capture Vickie ! They are so hard to shoot , as they are very skiddish ! :)

  • thanks very much Marie, yes they are, only a few seconds time frame there

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    oh VICKZZZZ!!!!!! He’s a BEAUTY!!!!!!! Fabulous capture, sweetie!!!!!

  • thank you hon! I love this time of year as I scout our rivers for the migrating birds,,,,,,,these guys don’t stay all summer so I’m real happy for photo ops :-))

    – Vickie Emms

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work

  • thank you very much Meeli

    – Vickie Emms

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    awesome looking duck ,, great shot :))

  • thank you very much Trish

    – Vickie Emms

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Vickie. Missed seeing this guy here in Colorado and now it won’t be back until November. He’s gorgeous. Barb

  • and we get them going north for the summer,,,,,,,,,lol.
    Thanks for your visit and comment Barb

    – Vickie Emms

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

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