And now for the rest of the ducks.
I returned to a nearby lake after photographing the Goldeneye in my previous post (https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/106869995/posts/3754995295). There was still a large area of open water but the ducks congregated on one end of the lake. Several species were mingled together. These are Hooded Mergansers (top: male and bottom: female) showing the fan shaped crest that give them their name.
There were a few Common Mergansers around as well.
All Mergansers have a long narrow beak with serrated edges for catching and holding fish. Both types are together in the photo.
I captured this female American Wigeon as she flew in to join the Mergansers.
These are Greater Scaup with their bluish bills.
The following are some mixed groups. The first includes a non-duck though. It’s an American Coot swimming with a Ring-necked Duck. There is a very faint ring on the duck’s neck but I think it would be more appropriate to call it a “Ring-billed Duck”.
This shot includes a Northern Pintail (white stripe along the neck), a female Mallard and two Ring-necked Ducks.
And finally, this is a Ring-necked Duck and American Wigeon with a pair of male Mallards.
We’re having a snowstorm that will be followed by a really frigid cold snap. Then it will be time to search for more interesting birds.