This photo of the duck is really one of my favorites. I just love the colors and the eyes I did not know the name of this duck so I looked it up. I found it quite interesting so I thought I would share.
Hooded Mergansers have a crest at the back of the head which can be expanded or contracted. In adult males, this crest has a large white patch, the head is black and the sides of the duck are reddish-brown. The adult female has a reddish crest, with much of the rest of the head and body a greyish-brown. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser. They live in swamps and wooded ponds.