Snap: Hooded Merganser with Ducklings

2016…and time for a new meme from Helena. This year it is “Snap”: between 2 and 4 photos that create a visual set. 

I had seen a pair of Hooded Mergansers in a pond near where I live and blogged about it here. But for the next 6 weeks or so I couldn’t find them…then like magic the female was back last week…and with 2 ducklings! But no sign of the male….

mergansers 1 for blog

It looked like mom was doing some training:

mergansers 2

Or maybe just stretching her wings:

mergansers 4

But one duckling tried to follow mom’s lead:

mergansers 3

Added bonus: the ducklings also demonstrated their ability to dive under water, as captured in this video:

Linking to Helena’s “Snap” meme here  

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here.




10 thoughts on “Snap: Hooded Merganser with Ducklings

  1. The head feathers kind of look like a buzz cut growing out – punk ducks 🙂 You have such a variety of waterfowl close to you – envious.


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