It seems to be customary for a pair of Hooded Merganser to be seen along the Wildlife Drive of Ding Darling in Sanibel and I had the opportunity to go and spend some time observing them this morning, come along and see....
|When I first spotted the pair they were sitting by the Willets at the Tower.|
|The female could blend in with the Willets but the male not so much.|
|Shortly after the male took off for a feast expedition and I watched....|
|and noticed how it lowers its crest before diving into the water - more streamline that way...|
|and off it went, what fun to watch him!|
|Before I knew it, a Little Blue Heron appeared from the Mangroves and fluffed itself up before sprinting away, I was grateful for this cameo.|
|Pretty good morning drive wouldn't you say and a great way to end it with a male Pileated Woodpecker.|