Buffled and Hooded

Bet that title caught your attention, huh?  Birding may be slowing down as the weather is getting colder and I am not a fan of the cold but that could change if I hear of some interesting species I’ve not captured yet.  But I have hundreds of photos to cull and edit to keep me occupied for awhile.

So here are two species of diving ducks that up until this first year of my exploring bird photography more seriously, I had never heard of let alone seen. The first are some Bufflehead ducks (read more about it here)

Bufflehead ducks, Ohio, Hoover Reservoir

And a similar species, the Hooded Merganser (read more here)

Hooded Merganser, Ohio

I saw the Merganser ducks first and mistakenly identified them as Buffleheads until I looked it up and realized my mistake – whoops!  While they both have that big white patch on their heads, the Merganser’s fold theirs down while the Buffles don’t.  We’re looking forward to capturing more birds when breeding season rolls around and (hopefully) when it’s safe to travel again.

Isn’t nature amazing?  Have a great weekend everyone!

Teri 📷

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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
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21 Responses to Buffled and Hooded

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Pretty ducks.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Hmm, Bufflehead? That’s a new one for me. I love seeing Mergansers … so pretty. Amazing how many different kinds of ducks there really are.

  3. Pit says:

    Nature really is amazing.
    Have a great weekend, too,

  4. I never heard of a bufflehead duck. They’re cute.

  5. Very nice, Teri! The merganser in the golden water is really lovely.

  6. Garfield Hug says:

    It is amazing to see different colored ducks in their plume finery through your lenses. Thanks for the share and have a fun (warmer) weekend ahead.

  7. Lavinia Ross says:

    Nature is pretty amazing. Those are beautiful birds!

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