Pair of Hoodies

Today’s post features a few images from 2009, captured from a kayak while paddling around a local, Missouri Conservation Area. Hooded Mergansers, commonly called “Hoodies”, are such interesting looking birds. In this first image, a drake (male) is displaying, with his crest raised:

Hooded Merganser drake

In the next two images, a hen (female) has joined him as he swims around the pools of water:

Hooded Merganser pair

Hooded Merganser pair

Unfortunately, they don’t seem to stay here during the summer, so I only get to enjoy them in the spring and fall migrations.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 540mm (all photos)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”, from a kayak
  • ISO 200 (top photo) and 400 (bottom 2 photos)
  • Aperture f/8 (top photo) and f/11 (bottom 2 photos)
  • Shutter 1/640 sec. (top photo) and 1/125 sec. (bottom 2 photos)



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