Birds - Adam Triska
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Male Hooded Merganser

I went to a pond where there are usually Geese and Swans swimming around to see what I could come up with. I was wearing my warm winter Camo coat and crouched down, making my way to the waters edge as quietly as possible. I found a good spot under an overhanging tree and next to a big rock. I sat and waited for a while until the birds calmed down and starting swimming around again. While I was taking photos of American black Ducks, I noticed something pop up and to my surprise, it was a Male Hooded Merganser! I don't normally get to take photos of these beauties, especially closer shots and at one point he even flared out his hood for me, which you can see in the photo, where they get their name.