Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off, Female Interest

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The second female toward the back got a little fancier with her tail action and the first one fluffed her crown up, showing a bit more interest.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

The male-male competition got a little heated.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Then the female flattened herself, keeping her head under water for a bit, presumably to express interest in the males’ dance. I’d not seen this behavior before, and at one point wondered how long she could stay submerged.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

They circled around her several times while the second female moved on.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

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