Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hooded Merganser

Thanks to all the viewers and bidders

Hooded Merganser
This painting is 5 x 7", oil on board, unframed


Hooded mergansers are certainly one of Nature's marvels! The drake is able to completely change his appearance by raising his crest, displaying a spectacular "hood" and looking completely different from the duck he was just a few seconds before. Mergansers are relatively small and are the only endemic North American fish-ducks. They are quite shy, secretive and retiring but if you are fortunate enough to spot one you too might understand some of the colloquial names bestowed upon these beautiful creatures: Cottonhead, Fuzzhead, Wirecrown, Hairycrown, Fan-crest, Mosshead, Frog Duck.

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