Hooded Merganser ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick


Taken at Reid Park, Tucson, AZ 2010

Hooded Merganser breeds farther south than the larger mergansers, nesting in tree cavities in woodland areas usually near water. It winters in wooded swamps, on freshwater marshes and lakes, and on brackish rivers and estuaries, even in urban settings.

VOICE Male: in display a loud, descending, snoring AHH-WAAAAARRRR (sounding like a leapord frog), ending with a popping PUK! Female; a short burry burrp

Hooded Merganser Pair~

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 5 years ago

    beautiful bird, beautiful capture

  • Thank you Robert so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertabout 5 years ago

    I really like these little guys, they are very skittish. Aren’t the females so amazingly different?? Very nice capture my friend!

  • This was the first time I saw them in person, really gorgeous birds! Thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsabout 5 years ago

    great shot Kimberly

  • I appreciate that Michael!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoabout 5 years ago

    What an beautiful pair! Great image!

  • Thank you so very much Whisperjo!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 5 years ago

    beautiful shot!

  • I appreciate that Edyta~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Babcia
    Babciaabout 5 years ago

    Very nice shot!

  • I thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous bird, great shot Kimberly!!

  • Thank you so much Marvin, I do so appreciate you saying so!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • DavidQuanrud
    DavidQuanrudabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful! They are such a striking bird. I stopped at Reid Park today (3-9-10) looking for the Mergansers but didn’t see them. The Canvasback ducks were all gone too. Lots of Ringnecks still around though.

  • Well I am glad you said something, now I can re arrange my schedule for something else..lol, Thank you David!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Nice capture of this unique water bird. They always seem to look a bit surprised to me.

  • I agree, but I think I was more surprised to see him..lol he was the only one on this little pond with two females. I “chased” him around in hopes of getting even a semi-decent shot!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2about 5 years ago

    another wonderful capture. We have some of these here.

  • This was the first time I had every seen one. The shot is not ask crisp as I would like it to be, but decent enough~ Thank you

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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