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This male Hooded Merganser duck was spotted on Sunday March 5, 2017, at the Wal-Mart pond on CR 466 in The Villages, Florida.

The Hooded Merganser was first seen lounging on the base of a large pond fountain.  After a moment, the duck slid into the water and paddled off in search of a bite to eat.  I did not see a female or hen with the merganser.  I did see a few Mallard Ducks there as well as a Little Blue Heron and a single Common Moorhen.

Hooded Mergansers are gorgeous ducks.  The males are rusty-brown, white and black in color.   Male Hooded Mergansers have a large white hooded region on their heads that they raise when alert or to signal danger to the other ducks.  These ducks dive for prey of fish, frogs, crayfish, tadpoles and small tender turtles.

I have been seeing the Hooded Mergansers with some Bufflehead Ducks, and Lesser Scaups around the community in the last couple of weeks.  Pretty soon, these migratory ducks will head North.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Drake Hooded Merganser" (4)

  1. Hello, the Hooded Merganser is one of my favorite ducks. Along with the Whistling Ducks. Great post and photos. I hope you have a happy day!

  2. Wonderful captures! I have a Walmarts in Delaware with a pond behind it where I discover a variety of waterfowl all year long. Isn’t it great to find this hidden gem places?!! 🙂

    • Hi Donna, How outstanding that you also have a pond at your local Walmart! Yes, I enjoy finding these out of the way or unexpected hot spots for wildlife viewing. Have a super good day!

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