Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hooded Mergansers/Nature Notes

 Female and male hooded mergansers on Lake Ontario

Many birds are migrating back to their breeding areas. This pair was very shy so I couldn't get very close before they slowly paddled away. I cropped the photo so you could get a better look.

Wind messing up her "hair"

Here you can see the wind blowing the feathers in her crest. I've never seen that before!

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31 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Almost Spring, so wonderful feeling!
They are gorgeous birds!
Léia

Leora said...

What a great hairdo. You certainly got very close in my eyes.

Viola said...

And me - I have neither seen that or the bird itself :))

Stunning pictures of the couple. and what a hairstyle she is having.. makes me think and wonder if we the people once adopted the hairstyle from this couple of birds.. hohoho

Have a nice day! :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

love the hairdo also, bit like mine was yesterday!!!!

Gill

Kate said...

What a terrific capture of these two birds...haven't seen this particular kind before. Of course, the "do" is a wonder, and I'll bet that almost everyone comments on it. Thanks for this joyful photo!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Really beautiful birds. I have only seen them once, or twice and never very close~

Lowell said...

These are such cuties! Looks like they're having fun, too. We don't have anything like them here.

Carletta said...

She got all dulled up and he took her out on the windy lake for lunch. :)
Great pics!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is funny. Great capture.

Dianne said...

oh! I love her hair!!

Carver said...

Those are great looking birds. I love the natural hat on the female's head.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful pair of birds.

Regards and best wishes

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I love the hoodies and so rarely see them stopping by..LOL on the hair..she needs a good hair spray...Thank you for being a loyal Nature Notes blogger EG...Michelle

TexWisGirl said...

love the 'do!

Nature Rambles said...

Have never seen anything like that! Love it!

Marie said...

Just love that messy hairdo! :-) Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my quilt blog!

Sandra said...

these are amazing birds. and guess what, that last one she looks just like the back of my head when i wake up every morning.

Ebie said...

Bad hair day. Eeeeek! What he/she see!

Andrew said...

A wonderful little bird to see...

Kathy said...

I guess this is one bird species that some may say the female is showier than the male.

jewaicious said...

What stunning beauties captured so wonderfully by you.

NixBlog said...

Lovely shots! That's some hairdo... :-)

Rose said...

Maybe I was a hooded merganser in another life! Looks like my hair on some of these windy days.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Love that "do"- beautiful bird duo.

Jack said...

These are probably found around New England, too, but I can't remember seeing them.

Have you read about what is happening to the old Northfield school property?

Springman said...

It is very difficult to get close to these brds in the wild, awesome job!
;-)WBW!

Faye said...

What dear little creatures. We all have days when our hair is just unmanageable in the wind! I'll bet it becomes a game to spot all the returning water birds in the spring.

Suzy said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog.

joo said...

The last photo is superb!

Celeste said...

Oh my God! What did you do to your hair?
It is the latest style amongst all the best dressed mergansers didn't you know?
Great post! Thanks for sharing.

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful pair of ducks!

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