I really like Male Hooded Mergansers. I feel between the blacks, whites and the awesome crest they are one of the most beautiful ducks.
I’ve viewed many images of this duck, profile shot with crest up (displayed). While this does make for a nice pose I wanted to do something a little different and still show off that incredible crest. So off I went to Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. Luckily I found about a dozen feeding and parked the car to watch. About 3 hours later this male started swimming straight towards me with a strong wind hitting him from behind. I took the shot and was pleased with what I got, something different but still displaying the crest for which they are known. I hope you like the shot and please leave a comment telling me what you think..........Thank You!!!
The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a small duck and is the only member of the genus Lophodytes.
Hooded Mergansers have a crest at the back of the head which can be expanded or contracted. In adult males, this crest has a large white patch, the head is black and the sides of the duck are reddish brown. The adult female has a reddish crest, with much of the rest of the head and body a greyish-brown. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser.
The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located in southern New Jersey along the Atlantic coast north of Atlantic City, in Atlantic and Ocean counties. The refuge was created in 1984 out of two existing refuge parcels created to protect tidal wetland and shallow bay habitat for migratory water birds. The Barnegat Division (established in 1967) is located in Ocean County on the inland side of Barnegat Bay. The Brigantine Division (established in 1939) is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of Atlantic City along the south bank of the mouth of the Mullica River. The two divisions are separated by approximately 20 miles (32 km). The refuge is located along most active flight paths of the Atlantic Flyway, making it an important link in the network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Forsythe Refuge is a part of the Hudson River/New York Bight Ecosystem and The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. The refuge is named for Edwin B. Forsythe, conservationist Congressman from New Jersey.
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