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Male Hooded Merganser Exhibiting Mating Behavior

Male Hooded Merganser Exhibiting Mating Behavior 


This male Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus, is showing mating behavior on a small pond in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, in winter. This species is found across most of North America and is one of the most showy waterfowl. I was excited to find two pairs in close range as they are easily frightened by human presence.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x, 700mm, 1/3200, f6.3, ISO 1600

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