Hooded Merganser [Lophodytes cucullatus] ~ 2016 #48

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser ~ George C Reifel Bird Sactuary, Delta, BC ~ March 25, 2016

The male Hooded Merganser is quite a striking looking duck.  I snapped this picture above while at the Bird Sanctuary a few months ago.  The Merganser definitely stands out amidst the Mallards (and what’s that funny looking duck at the right?  😀  )

Last fall while at Burnaby Lake I saw these visitors below.  Pretty sure the ones on the log are females (the yellow bills are a give away) while I think the one in the water is an immature male (darker bill, lighter eyes). [click any picture to see larger image]

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser ~ Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC ~ October 2015

This male below was captured back in the fall of 2014, at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. I was having a bad picture day that day, and got lots of fuzzy Hoodies but this one almost does him justice.  I have yet to get a good picture of the fellows when they have their crests up, they look pretty splendid.

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser ~ Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC ~ Nov 2014


Hooded Merganser [Lophodytes cucullatus] ~ #16

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