The Travels of Tug 44

Hooded Merganser Duck

The Hooded Merganser Duck is a small duck that dives for fish, crayfish and marine insects.   high-res

The male Hooded Merganser Duck is a sight to behold! That huge head with the white sides is sure to impress the girl ducks. It's actually not a huge head, it's just a hood of feathers, and it can be dropped down. In this shot, the hood is fully lifted.   high-res

Here, the hood is partially retracted.   high-res

And in this shot, the male Hooded Merganser Duck has his hood fully retracted.   high-res

This is a pair of Hooded Merganser Ducks, the female is rather plain. She has a plain reddish hood.   high-res

A few days later, the dating scuffle and competition is over and pairs have formed. Here's a shot of Mr. & Mrs. Duck cruising the river together.   high-res

The Hooded Merganser Duck, one of the more conspicuous ducks on the Hudson River.

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