Feathers on Friday

I spotted these little ducks on a local pond and was immediately taken in by their beauty. They move along the water rapidly, diving under often in search of fish. Both sexes have crests that they can raise or lower, males court females by expanding their white, sail-like crestsand.  The Hooded Merganser is the smallest of the three native merganser species.



Here you can see one male’s crest raised a bit, while the other is diving under water in search of fish



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