Hooded Mergansers are good-looking ducks with their crest, or hood, which is black and white for males and cinnamon for females. They are not as rare as Harlequin ducks, and I see them every year around this time of the year around many ponds and marshes in our area.
Last week there were several swimming around the Danzenbaker Pool at Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
Further East of the pool, a couple of these ducks had just emerged from a dive, their crest feathers matted down, making them look well coiffed..
However, as they turned, the strong wind gave them a bad crest, or bad hair, day.