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Hooded Mergansers are small ducks that are seen in the fall and winter at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The male ones have a prominent crest (hood) in black and white, making them stand out from other ducks. This year there seems to be many Hooded Mergansers, male and female, and I had no problem shooting the following photos.

Male Hooded Merganser.

Female Hooded Merganser.

Hooded Margansers. The male was just coming out of a dive.

As I was taking a shot, one Hooded Merganser decided to fly. I missed capturing that take-off.

Hooded Mergansers.

The following day, almost at the same place, I was chatting with a fellow photographer when a male Hooded Merganser decided to fly.

Male Hooded Merganser starting flight.

After about a minute, I saw him, accompanied by a female, flying overhead.

Hooded Mergansers flying.

Hooded Margansers flying.