|Copyright: Trevor McLeod (rapidshot)
|Date Taken: 2007-11-14|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-02-01 14:32|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|These are male Hooded Mergansers. They were mixed in with Mallards, White Winged Scoters, and I think some of their own females. I had my zoom to the max here.|
The Hooded Merganser finds its prey underwater by sight, the nictating membrane (third eyelid) is clear and acts to protect the eye during swimming, just like a pair of goggles.
It is the smallest of the three species of mergansers found in North America.
They are extremely agile swimmers and divers but awkward on land because their legs are set far back on the body.
A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.
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Your photo Hooded Merganser and the one
I posted few days ago are almost similar,
on yours the waves are on action and are
giving great dynamism to the image, TFS