During the winter I love to go hunting for Hooded Mergansers with my camera. They are some of the most interesting ducks on the pond. The males sport amazing brown, black and white coloring and both the males and females have a fun spiky hairdo.
One place I often find them are in the former water hazards on the now defunct Lake Ballinger Golf Course. The former course is now Lake Ballinger Park and I found these Hooded Mergansers there a few weeks ago. The duck at the top of the post is a male and the ONE below is a female.
The ducks are pretty nervous so you have to sneak up on them and try to stay hidden while photographing. Fortunately the old golf course water hazards they hang out in are surrounded by bushes so you can often find a natural blind to conceal yourself in. Here’s a post from last winter with some more shots of the ducks. I’ll certainly be back out there over the coming months for some more hunting for Hooded Mergansers.