Hi Boys


As the old saying goes…it takes two to tango. Last week it was the male Hooded Mergansers performing on the pond for a somewhat non receptive female.This week the female appears at least a wee bit interested in the growing selection of males as they swim around the pond head bobbing to get her attention.

32 thoughts on “Hi Boys

    1. Hi Laura, the hoodies are fun to watch for sure and in comparison to the mallards they are indeed tiny. It is always fun to see a variety of ducks on a lake and notice just how different in size they can be.

  1. Great photo! Her hairdo is superb! I just saw a male and a female this morning, in a pond in False Creek. My first time seeing Hooded Mergansers “in real life”. They were quite busy cleaning themselves. The weather was lovely, but the weather report called for rain, so I did not bring a camera. Glad you took a nice picture.

    1. Well, I hope the weather clears up and you get your opportunities for some photos. Hoodies are really fun to watch and early mating season is always fun with their displays and games.
      Have a great day.

  2. Haha, you really have talent for capturing the most incredible looks and gazes of those ducks. It’s like “Are they looking? But I will just carry on pretending I don’t care.” πŸ˜€
    She even seems to smile. (Amazing as well, what we humans are able to interpret).

    1. Hi Suzan, it is fun to watch these guys and to see the ducks interact with each other and to be able to get a photo is all the more fun. She does have that I wonder if they notice me look and really a cute smile as you notice. Hope your day is going well.

      1. Thanks, got an interesting conversation elsewhere πŸ˜‰ – hope your day is fine too.

        I’m sure she’s very aware of your looks – and of the guys around. All part of the game.
        What fun to be able to watch them – we “just” have “Eurasian coots” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_coot) which are a bit boring, at least I could never see them smiling. πŸ˜‰

        1. Yes life is indeed a game or a drama being presented on a stage it seems.

          The coot always gets no appreciation and
          I have a coot photo where they might not be smiling they are certainly expressing some thoughts that are fun to observe. Maybe I will post it soon.

          1. The question is: Who’s the director? Or if there’s a director at all. But anyway. πŸ˜‰

            Oh, yes, please. When you have time. I know I’m being unfair to the coots.

          2. That is the mystery that may never be solved as the next question is then who is directing the director and on and on….and when you know all the answers the game is over and who wants the game to be over. πŸ™‚

      1. yes and no. Our area has mild winters for the most part. It is interesting to see them so early so the guys around here are staying put that I have seen on Lake Washington in my opinion, but I am not a professional on the subject just an observer. : )

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