Hooded Merganser at the Fox River in Waukesha on April 8, 2018

On a second stop of the day at this location birding on the Fox River in Waukesha appeared a Hooded Merganser. This stunning male spent his time checking out the female Mallards one by one. I think this could be the famous Hooded Merganser “Hollyhood” that was here just over a year ago? Well, not really, who knows for sure, but it put on a great show while I was there giving nice views while following female Mallards around on the river. I am almost convinced there is some connection between male Hooded Mergansers and female Mallards as this is my 3rd time I’ve witnessed this behavior with these two species.  What is it with the Hooded Merganser wanting a companion, a mating thing, or ?? It was a cold day with winds out of the northeast, temps below freezing and very little sun. Images were taken on April 8, 2018.

Hooded Merganser, male…crest partially down

His eyes on another female Mallard…

The Hooded Merganser starred at the female Mallard out of the corner of his eye for about 20 seconds, is this the one….

Crest down on this Hooded Merganser swimming over to check out another female Mallard…

Going to check out another female Mallard…crest down…

Cruising over to a female Mallard to see if she was the one!

Crest down…

Crest up…

Crest partially down…

Coming into shore…

Just moving along…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to Hooded Merganser at the Fox River in Waukesha on April 8, 2018

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    How beautiful – on of my favorite ducks. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ron Spitz says:

    “Hollywood” on the Fox!…doesn’t get any better than that. Many thanks.

  3. Patsy Maga says:

    As always, wonderful pics. Such a handsome fellow! That crest is a real eye catcher…how could any female resist?

  4. Joan Schrinner says:

    Beautiful, Jim, just beautiful!

  5. Karen Weiss says:

    Awwww Hollywood is so handsome, spring love is in the air. He will get a mate . Thanks for the wonderful pictures and descriptions.

  6. Thomas Wood says:

    Gorgeous bird- great closeup details. Thanks, Jim.

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