The Hooded Merganser is a very small diving duck and the sexes are distinctly different in their appearance. The Male Hooded Merganser has a black head with a large white patch and yellow eyes. The Female Hooded Merganser is a tawny cinnamon color. This Female is preening in evening light on a pond in Florida. The Hooded Merganser has a collapsible crest that can make their head very different shapes depending on the position of the crest. They dive for small fish and insects.
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The Male Hooded Merganser seems to get all the attention because of his coloring and fan-shaped white crest however the Female Hooded Merganser is very attractive with her tawny crest. I was visiting the Viera Wetlands and this beautiful Female Hooded Merganser took off from the water with no sighting of the male. They are only winter residents in that area of Florida so maybe he was nearby. They are capable of taking off very quickly from water so I feel fortunate to have captured this image.