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]
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.
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