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Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off, Female Interest

Continued fromĀ Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off

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

Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off

Two Hooded Merganser drakes were showing off for a female, doing their best to strut their stuff.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

The female didn’t seem to be that interested, and much of the action was one male crowding the other out.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Back and forth they went, in and out of reflections created by trees on the far side of the pond.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

A second female circled around a few times but she didn’t distract the drakes from the first female.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off, Two Females looking on

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021

Blue-winged Teals, Alert, Alert

I mentioned in my recent post Eagle: Fish for Dinner, that a pair of Bald Eagles has taken up a new flight pattern over the rookery pond.

Blue-winged Teals
Blue-winged Teals, Duck weed looking gold in the late afternoon sun

This causes the ducks all sorts of consternation and on this afternoon they alerted me to the Eagle’s presence.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

I only know that these are Blue-winged Teals because I saw them before they took off.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

The Eagle that I saw was long gone by the time this flock got into the air, possibly already having snagged his dinner at a different pond.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

As a safety measure the ducksĀ  circled the pond three or four times before landing again on the far side.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

January 14, 2021

Male Hooded Merganser

I liked the idea of this first composition best of these three, but the Merganser’s beak gets lost where it overlaps with the reed behind him.

Male Hooded Merganser, Reeds
Male Hooded Merganser, Reeds

The second image has a nice profile of his beak and the water has a lighter tint.

Male Hooded Merganser, Reeds
Male Hooded Merganser, Reeds

Not surprisingly he turned away from me as he passed the end of the reed clump.

Male Hooded Merganser, Reeds
Male Hooded Merganser, Reeds

Male Mallard Squabble

I had an idea something was going to happen as I watched a female and vocalizing male Mallard close in on another pair in a small pond.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

Quack, quack, and splash …

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

the dust-up was on.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

One of the females stayed near the action.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

I have no idea which duck was which at this point. I don’t know where the female Merganser appeared from, either, but she quickly retreated.

Two Male Mallards Squabbling
Two Male Mallards Squabbling

A Duck In Flight

This possibly is a female Hooded Merganser. I didn’t see her in the water and don’t see them often enough to really know. The Merlin app suggested an Anhinga, which it clearly is not. That was the first time I’ve had that app be way off base.

Duck in Flight
Duck in Flight, Over Marsh Grass

There was a small flock of Mergansers milling around in a an adjacent pond, in water that took on an odd color reflection.

Female Hooded Merganser
Female Hooded Merganser

 

Two Male Wood Ducks

I don’t visit this little pond often. It’s a bit off the beaten path, a mosquito haven, and most wildlife I’ve spotted there has made a fast exit before I could take any pictures.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

These two Wood Ducks made it worth my while on an afternoon walk last week.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

They did make an exit, but it was rather slow, hardly making a ripple in the duckweed.

Two Male Wood Ducks
Two Male Wood Ducks

The moment I put my camera down they flew.