November 03, 2016

On the bay.

Hen Hooded Merganser, Rondeau Bay, Rondeau Provincial Park, Nov 3, 2016

The drake hooded is spectacular but the hen is beautiful in her own right.

Cool on the bay today, 60F, stiff breeze/wind and only partially sunny.
Then again it is the 3rd of November and the boat should be out of the water.

Lophodytes cucullatus
Hooded Mergansers find their prey underwater by sight. They can actually change the refractive properties of their eyes to improve their underwater vision. In addition, they have an extra eyelid, called a “nictitating membrane,” which is transparent and helps protect the eye during swimming, like a pair of goggles.

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