Hooded Merganser 1

I’ve been trying to get good photos of the mergansers in Stony Brook, Westford Massachusetts. These wonderful little ducks don’t like people. They arrive with springtime and hide behind reeds and brush in the water. I used my telephoto lens and got some images where a duck or two was a spec in the water. Blowing up the section with the duck worked well enough to produce the images you see here.

The first image above is of a hooded merganser. These are cuter and I think a bit smaller than the common mergansers seen below.

Common mergansers

You may have these ducks in your town and not be aware of it. I was unaware of them until a year or so ago when someone walking down a trail towards me said “the mergansers are back!” I said — “what’s a merganser??”

This year I started looking for them not knowing what I was looking for. I didn’t know what they looked like until I enlarged an image file. Hooded mareganser 2

These images are ‘fuzzy’ or grainy and are a little pixelated. That’s because I am stretching the limit of blowupability here.

Merganser before cropping

See — they really are small!

I really need to get closer. The only way I know to do that is to hang out in a spot and stay still, doing an impression of a tree or bush. Once the birds don’t notice you they will eventually come closer. I’m going to try this later this week. If I have any luck I’ll post results here.