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Hooded Merganser Pair

The same pair of Hooded Mergansers as yesterday’s post had places to go as they were out for a swim around one of Magnolia Cemetery’s ponds. The male gradually caught up to the female as they passed this group of Mallards on the edge of a small island.

Hooded Merganser Pair
Hooded Merganser Pair

The Mergansers weren’t in such a hurry that they chose to fly, but they didn’t divert even as the Mallards  went about their preening and flapping.

Hooded Merganser Pair
Hooded Merganser Pair

The Mergansers continued on their way, the female in the lead, headed out into the middle of the pond.

Hooded Merganser Pair
Hooded Merganser Pair

Hooded Mergansers

The Hooded Mergansers tend to be shy and I usually see them retreating shortly after I spot them. I happened to be sitting on a low wall watching a pond when these two swam by me, close enough to get a shot.

Hooded Merganser Female
Hooded Merganser Female – click image for larger view

The brown reeds and grasses of late winter made a golden glow on the water, a nice complement to these gorgeous ducks. The male is certainly flashier, especially when he has his hood up, but the female is an understated beauty.

Hooded Merganser Male
Hooded Merganser Male – click image for larger view

2/5/2018