After photographing the Lesser Scaup posted yesterday I noticed a pair of ducks quite some distance away. Looking through the binoculars I could determine that one had a white patch on its head. At that point I knew they were either Buffleheads or Hooded Mergansers and in either case it would be worthwhile to try to get a better look.
Maneuvering the boat to get a good lighting angle I approached them. As I drew nearer I was able to determine that they were a pair of Hooded Mergansers.
Instead of flushing while I was still a distance away this pair decided to try to swim across the lake with me in pursuit, following just a tad faster than they were swimming.
After following and photographing them for some distance they looked at each other as if to say, what do we do now?
Flying to the western shoreline the Mergansers settled back on the water while I turned the boat away to look for other photo opportunities.