Lower Umpqua River, Western Oregon Coast Range
Hooded is something of an understatement for this extravagantly crested
Adult males are a sight to behold, with sharp black and white patterns
set off by chestnut flanks.
Females get their own distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest.
Hooded Mergansers are
fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish,
crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills.
They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap
forest floor when only one day old..