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Hooded Merganser (female)

Lophodytes cucullatus


A study in earthtones! Her camouflage plummage is such a great example of female dimorphism for protecting the nest and the young for the preservation and future success of the species.

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Hema 9 years ago

Bi9rd Lady, i thought that i will leave an update on this beautiful spotting.All 3 green Heron fledglings are doing well.100 percent survival rate! They are feeding them selves.Here is a link of one of them with a big Darner Dragonfly in its mouth!

birdlady6000 9 years ago

You're Welcome! I didn't realize until after I had added my spottings of female birds, that you actually had put in the description of your mission that you were looking for northeastern birds. So we can take mine out if you like as they are Pacific Northwest, but I think you will see a lot of the same ones there...What do you think? should we just leave it?

GretelDeRuiter 9 years ago

Thank you for contributing to my mission!

birdlady6000 9 years ago

Thanks, Emma. I really had some good opportunities - all day at Reifel Bird Sanctuary with my grandkids and my camera. A day to remember!

Hema 9 years ago

this is the best picture so far for this bird. Most photographs do not do justice to the beauty of this Female Merganser.

birdlady6000 9 years ago

Or you could call it a bad hair day! :)

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Delta, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Mar 19, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012

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