Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers at Lake Ballinger in Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Hooded Mergansers

I didn’t realize that there were so many different kinds of ducks until I became interested in bird photography. Of all the varieties of ducks, one of my favorites is the Hooded Merganser. Recently I had an opportunity to photograph a male and a female Hooded Merganser swimming in a pond in Lake Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The female–the second duck in the photo above–was having an especially good hair day!

A male Hooded Merganser in Lake Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Male Hooded Merganser

One of my favorite shots from the half hour that I watched and photographed the birds is the one above of the male merganser showing off for his female friend.

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