<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Doug Brown (dB_grafix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 9 N: 624] (3019)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300ED, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Fine Feathered Friends [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-03 2:46
Viewed: 3071
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Mergansers have a crest at the back of the head which can be expanded or contracted. In adult males, this crest has a large white patch, the head is black and the sides are reddish brown. The adult female has a reddish crest, with much of the rest of the head and body a greyish-brown. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser.

Their breeding habitat is swamps and wooded ponds on the northern half of the United States or southern Canada. They prefer to nest in tree cavities near water but will use Wood Duck nesting boxes if available and unoccupied. They form pairs in early winter.

Hooded Mergansers are short distance migrants and winter in the United States wherever winter temperatures allow for ice free conditions on ponds, lakes and rivers. Although they have occurred as vagrants to Europe, this attractive species is so common in collections that only a ringed bird would be likely to be accepted as anything other than an escape.

They feed by diving and swimming under water to collect small fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects.

A species of fossil duck from the Late Pleistocene of Vero Beach, Florida, was described as Querquedula floridana (a genus now included in Anas), but upon reexamination turned out to be a species closely related to the Hooded Merganser; it is nowadays named Lophodytes floridanus, but the exact relationship between this bird and the modern species is unknown.

glazzaro, livios, Debz, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

fsantastic and original pic, I would crop a little of the lower part. greetings Ori

great capture doug,
The pair together in good focus and the softing of the water. good job.


Tried and failed several times for this shot myself, I am envious, well taken indeed.


  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-04-03 23:45]

Doug, they're cute indeed.

Besides, great sharpness and composition.

The refflections add a lot.

By the way: I checked your homepage; congratulations on it and on your job as a whole.

  • Great 
  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-04 13:35]

Hi Doug, This is a great shot of these The Hooded Mergansers, its great to see both the Male and Female. You do have very interesting and colourful Ducks up there. They are both well focused with good use of light and very good sharp details. Colour and the reflections in the water are perfect.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-12 19:49]

Hello Doug

Very nicely done.The hooded mergansers around here have eyes hidden in the crest on the back of their heads.I can't get near them.I really like the reflections in the water.A very nice sharp image with very good details and colours.Composed well in the frame.TFS


Excellent pair Doug!

I saw some here on the East Coast,. but they never came close enough for me to get a good shot! I was amazed at the hood on the male!
This one seems flatter* than some.

Good use of the full width of 800 pixels ;)

Tfs, Jay

* See also here, as well as the poor use of pixels on the original of this WS.

Hi Doug,
Excellent shot! The exposure is right on the money. The reflection really adds to this already fantastic picture. :)

Calibration Check