Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hooded Mergansers: The Great Gazoo of Ducks

Hooded Mergansers 

Lake Nelson is still too frozen for our hooded mergansers, so we decided to go to Swimming River Reservoir in Monmouth County in search of them. We ran into a group of several males trying to impress a female. We don't know about her, but Chris was impressed by their displays and frog-like sounds . We really didn't get close enough for a great photo. After all of the hiking to see them, it wasn't until we were driving home that we saw three in a small pond by the side of the road. Chris got these great photos of the hooded mergansers from inside the car. Don't you think his head looks like the Great Gazoo's? Don't you love her hair?
Male Hooded Merganser 

Female Hooded Merganser 

Hooded Mergansers 

Hooded Merganser 

Hooded Merganser 

As usual, Mike couldn't resist getting out of the car, scaring them away, so we went home and posted these.

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