Monday, March 24, 2008

Female Hooded Merganser


Continuing on with my Florida Bird Series; we encountered a pair of Female Hooded Mergansers one morning. I don’t know where the boys were hanging out as the two females were all we sighted.

As I continue to work through the birds I photographed on this trip I am astounded at the variety of species represented around Lake Parker. I visited this lake three mornings and one evening. Here at home in Pennsylvania I believe I could pursue birds for an entire year and still not photograph as many different species as I did at Lake Parker in about twelve hours of shooting.

12 comments:

ASH's Eye said...

Cool hairdo!

You know, I usually take my camera with me on my evening walk, but today I didn't. And wouldn't you know, I saw a pair of wood ducks, and a pair of green-winged teal in one of the stormwater ponds, where I've only ever seen mallards before. It just figures!

Salty said...

Ash,
I know what you mean, the other evening while checking the cows I ran into a pair of woodducks that gave me a picture perfect shot, but you know it, no camera :)

It happens to all of us.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I know that you really enjoy shooting over there at Lake Parker.

Nice green to the color of the water in this image.

Sand said...

What an odd looking critter> I wonder how it evolved to look like this, I imagine a mating ritual.

Catherine said...

Nice capture! ~I love the green of the water!
Cat

Meggie said...

What fabulous shots you got in Florida, Salty! One more magnificent than the next. What a great trip you had!

oldmanlincoln said...

This is another exceptional shot. I also read the comments and found them so familiar. I try to take at least one camera with me but sometimes I don't and that is when I am surprised. I have even driven back home, got the camera and driven back to the same spot only to see what I was anticipating still being there was no where in sight.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

Old Wom Tigley said...

These are stunning Ducks... we have a few pair on our local river and Peter seesthem mostdays but as yet toget a shot off that he really likes.
These places are worth their weight in gold for bird watchers

fishing guy said...

Salty: We have a group of black colored Mergansers that work the lake I fish. They are very aggresive at getting fish. This one is very good looking.
I'm sure I'll get some pictures if the lake ever melts.

photowannabe said...

My she has a fancy "do" there. You have captured such a variety of fowl while you were there.
I have really enjoyed this series.

imac said...

Great stunning photos Salty.

Kerri said...

She is a beauty! I may have to put LAKE Parker on my list of places I want to visit!