Hooded Merganser in Waukesha County Wisconsin on November 20, 2019

One of my birding stops today in Waukesha County along a river. It had a stunning male Hooded Merganser that was hanging out with Mallards. The Hooded Merganser gave nice views, I witnessed very little feeding, only once I saw part of a crayfish in its bill when it came up after diving. It was a beautiful day out, almost spring like, with full sun and little wind, temps about 47 degrees. Images were taken on November 20, 2019.

Hooded Merganser, male with his mouth open…

What a beautiful duck, hood up!

Resting…

Swallowing water from a drink…

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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.

2 Responses to Hooded Merganser in Waukesha County Wisconsin on November 20, 2019

  1. John Rock says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much.

  2. Elaine says:

    Jim – what a stunning creature! That crest is captivating as it changes with each posture – a single feather when head is raised. Gorgeous plumage and not a female around to notice. Feathers like velvet. Delicate, slender bill made for crayfish tidbits. Reflections mirror the beauty. One could get lost in the AM – looks like you did…

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