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Hooded Mergansers are handsome ducks, easy to identify, especially the males with their black and white crests. They were in abundance in every pond at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge this past weekend.

Hooded Mergansers, male and female

Hooded Mergansers, male and female

Hooded Mergansers, three males and one female

Hooded Mergansers, three males and one female

In courtship, the male expands his crest while making deep, low sounds to attract the female.

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