Hooded mergansers

Hooded mergansers in the micro-pond outside the window. 4 males, 3-4 females. tipping back and forth and under the water to washing, bobbing up out of the water unexpectedly for all the world like rubber ducks in a bathtub. Hoods up and down. The white hoods of the males look larger in life than on a nature show (!) and the sensible mouse brown of the females looks adorably soft. males are chasing and bobbing up around females. A male with hood up and moving across the pond looks rather like a small toy boat, especially with the cute racing stripes on either side of his white tummy. I think I’m in love.

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