Photo of the Day: Hooded Merganser

by John Briggs on March 12, 2011

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day

Hooded Merganser (male) – Lophodytes cucullatus

It won’t be long until ice-out here on Winnegance Bay. I look forward to this time of the year because once the ice is gone, hundreds of ducks of all kinds will once again visit our cove. Once the ducks arrive, I know it won’t be long until the waders and shorebirds arrive.

I visited Reid State Park a few days ago and found this male Hooded Merganser just off Griffin’s Head Road. I was hoping that a female would be present so I could capture some interaction between the two, but this single male was the only duck around. Never-the-less, I was happy that he posed for the camera.

The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the photo for a full-sized view.

Hooded Merganser (male) - Lophodytes cucullatus

Hooded Merganser (male) - Lophodytes cucullatus

Happy birding!



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