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A small fish-eating duck of wooded ponds, the Hooded Merganser nests in holes in trees. It is frequently seen on shallow waters where its only waterfowl companion is the Wood Duck.

Cool Facts:

The Hooded Merganser is the second-smallest of the six living species of mergansers (only the Smew of Eurasia is smaller) and is the only one restricted to North America.

Although up to 44 Hooded Merganser eggs have been found in one nest, one female probably does not lay more than about 13. Larger clutches result when more than one female lays eggs in a nest.

The Hooded Merganser finds its prey underwater by sight. The merganser can actually change the refractive properties of its eyes to enhance its underwater vision. In addition, the nictitating membrane (third eyelid) is very transparent and probably acts to protect the eye during swimming, just like a pair of goggles.


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duck, hooded merganser

Comments

  • LimbozArt
    LimbozArtover 3 years ago

    With a head that size he must be the “brainiac” of the duck world…LOL Great shot Jeannine.

  • lol…. I don’t know how smart they are but I sure waited a very long time for them to come closer. I particularly liked the waves on each side of the duck and that is why I cropped it and put him in the middle (breaking the rules again…lol). Thank you so much for your kind words. Very appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!

    1 Day 13 Nov 2010

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Andrea. Very appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingover 3 years ago

    wow that is a treat for my eyes! who cares about the rules when this is the result

  • lol about the rules. Thank you so much for your kind words hastypudding. Your feedback is very much appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonover 3 years ago

    Wonderful depiction. Really interestng crop on the image, too.

  • Thank you so much David for taking the time to view and comment. Your kind words are very appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 3 years ago
    • Lovely shot Jeannine, well done :-)
  • Thank you very much Bradley for taking the time to view and comment. Your feedback is very much appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    Oh Jeannine … isn’t he DARLING!!!!!! Great crisp and bright capture!!!!! Well done!!

  • I just love their faces, I was so excited to see them a bit closer. That was quite a treat. Thank you so much Lois for your kind words. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    fab shot

  • Your encouragement is very much appreciated Justart. Thank you a whole lot. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 3 years ago

    wonderful

  • Thank you a whole lot Shiva. Very appreciated. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you a whole lot Vickie. Your continuous support is so appreciated and this feature goes a long way for me. :o) Jeannine

    – Jeannine St-Amour

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