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Hooded Merganser Male 2 by EWilloughby Hooded Merganser Male 2 by EWilloughby

This hooded merganser male, Lophodytes cucullatus, was kind enough to provide me with a much closer view of his handsome self than this species of duck ever has before. He was spotted at St. Joseph's State Park at the very tip of Cape San Blas, FL. The whole area is extraordinary for birds in the winter months.

The hooded merganser, like all mergansers, is a highly predatory sawbill duck that pursues its prey underwater in a similar style to unrelated grebes and loons.

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Glacial23 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a remarkable looking bird!
I'm guessing here, but was this taken in the states, because I've never seen or heard of a hooded merganser before.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, taken near the southernmost tip of the eastern U.S. Sorry about that, should have been more specific in the description! 
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Glacial23 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :) .
Don't worry about it.
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Dennonyx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
WOW! This is simply beautiful! :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture. :)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one beautiful bird, never heard of it before.
Nice picture :)
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Grays-raptor-flock Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Gorgeous shot!! 


I am glad he'd let you get so close.  :)  That must've been really cool! 

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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So incredible! I just found my new fav waterfowl, such a cool bird! :wow:
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A2812 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Beautiful series of pictures of Emily, I'm an ornithologist so I love birds from all parts ofthe world :-)

Regards jacek
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artweak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
This is a perfect shot. Your photos are just incredible! :)
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