Flying Quack!

F/6.3, 1/500, ISO 280.

Hooded Merganser ( Male ) 

A police officer stops a Bob’s car.

Police Officer: “Your driver’s license please.”

Bob: “I’m really sorry, I forgot.”

Officer: “At home?”

Bob: “No, to do it.”

Interesting Fact:They take flight by running across the water, flying with fast wingbeats and never gliding until they are about to land (by skidding to a stop on the water). ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/lifehistory )  

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10 Comments

  1. I just photographed one of these guys on the ‘lake’ in my back yard. I noticed him because of the wake he kept leaving across the water. I used the Merlin app to identify him, but it didn’t mention the running across the water thing. I thought he was just showing off. After all, he was in his full breeding plumage and probably feeling pretty good about himself.

    • That is so awesome, I am really glad that you share this with us. Thank you very much for stopping by and Happy Blogging! 🙂

  2. Interesting birds/ducks… I just saw some Red-breasted Mergansers last weekend for the first time…🙋

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