Hooded Merganser


This Hooded Merganser, found at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Reserve, had a brood of 10 little ones. The young birds were spread out over a large area, so I could never get them all in the same frame. They were actively feeding among the emergent vegetation, and a few of them were diving.

Hooded Mergansers nest in hollow trees or nest boxes, just as Wood Ducks do.

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