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Three days ago, Hooded Mergansers were still in abundance at Vogt Pool South, a freshwater pool at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. They swam and dove looking for food, ignoring the very strong wind that at times pushed my camera and its long lens sideways. I had to take most of the following shots from well inside the car.

A pair of Hooded Mergansers swimming together.

A pair of Hooded Mergansers swimming together.

The lonely Hooded Merganser on the right protested his isolation.

Waterfowlย Kabuki: The lonely Hooded Merganser on the right protested his isolation.

Meanwhile, the wind caused another bad hair day for these ducks, again.

Hooded Mergansers with wind teasing their crests.

Hooded Mergansers with wind teasing their crests.

Bad hair: it got worse.

Bad hair: it got worse.

It got so bad that one female Hooded Merganser had to hide her head in the water.

It got so bad that one female Hooded Merganser had to hide her head in the water.

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