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Brenda Dow

Bonita Springs, United States

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My small lake in Naples, Florida had these two beautiful Hooded Merganser (North American) twirling around on it for the whole day……. and I had a great time trying to capture them… and twirling is the correct description……they never stopped…..
I don’t think they know what drifting is….. Of the many shots that I tried to take, only a few were clear!!!
The male is in the front while the female is in the back…. but not always… but she did hover over her mate!!! But they were on the move all the time as if they were searching, searching…… lol


The Hooded Merganser is the smallest of the North American Merganser and the only one restricted to this continent.
The males have distinguishing crests and black and white stripes. When the crest is depressed, the white line extends back from the eye….. I observed this while spending hours trying to capture them…. The female is adorable with a bushy gray/brown crest. When flying they have a rapid, shallow wing beat.
The females Iris, brownish buff or brownish olive is different from the male which turns from yellowish brown as hatchlings to becoming bright yellow as adults.
Hooded Merganser use large nests from their own or other bird species…. usually around the Great Lakes region and across the US/Canadian border. But the nest / cavity size is necessary to hold their brood.
I suggest that you go to this site to learn of the very interesting behaviors of these mergansers……..nesting, incubation, parental behavior!!!!

Sigma lens: 150-500mm
ISO 200
Focal length: 500mm
Fstop: 6.3
Exposure time: 1/500


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