There were Hooded Mergansers visiting one of the rainfall retention ponds here that still holds quite a lot of water. Almost all of these ponds here in our development are now dry. This pond is on the edge of the development near a small commercial area where there is a fitness center undergoing renovations. This noisy and busy work is why there hardly ever are any of the wading birds or ducks around on that pond these days.
Seeing this pair of Hooded Mergansers was a treat. Perhaps this pair is one of the two pairs I had seen a few weeks ago in the rainfall basin down the street from my home. Who knows? I took these pictures on Monday, February 17, 2014 at about 4:30pm. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!