Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

The smallest member of merganser species in North America. Sexually dimorphic. All year around although they need a lake or slow flowing and river which isn't frozen in winter as they dive for small fishes and capture them with their sawbill.

How To Identify

Male black and white pattern of head and neck is typical and a clear characteristic to identify Hooded Merganser. Luckily, I usually see them in pairs, male and female. The crest form, the proportion of the neck and size allow the identification of females.

Where and When to Spot

Although reported to be around all year long, I usually see them in late autumn and winter when they are catching small fishes in open waters. For me the best place to observe them, is Rapids Park Lachine.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 320

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 450

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 280

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 320

  • Parc Angrignon

    Saturday, November 19, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 1600

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    NIKON D7100


    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 560

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 215mm
    Shutter Speed 1/160s
    Aperture f6.5
    ISO 200

Taxonomy

Anseriformes
Anatidae
Lophodytes cucullatus