Looks like someone is putting on a show.
Mating season means showing off and this Male Hooded Merganser is doing a fine job of letting the other males on the pond know he’s got what it takes to win the ladies over. Denver, CO.
Make no bones about it, I get excited watching the less common waterfowl that overwinter on the local creeks and ponds, but there is just something special about the Mallard. Maybe a comforting familiarity or perhaps their mild demeanor and wonderful quacking. Anyway, this guy sure stood out the other day. Well dressed in his finest breeding feathers saying what needed to be said in such a simple way.
Mallard. There are many but none are common.
Every winter there seems to be a single wood duck couple inhabiting the stretch of the south platte river we visit to photograph the waterfowl that overwinter in the area. This years is no exception.
An infrequent sighting on our local pond was this Red Breasted Merganser. When we arrived he was off in the distance head tucked and floating as he snoozed on a chilly morning. After watching him, as well as the hoodies and shovelers on the pond for an hour or so, he woke up swam around a bit, dove for some crawfish and flew away. Luckily he swam our way and we were able get a good look at a good looking bird and snap a few photos.
A male Redheaded Duck enjoying the late afternoon sun on a chilly winter afternoon.