Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

The vast majority of Hooded Mergansers that turn up in the wild in Britain and Europe relate to birds that have escaped from captivity; a few are suspected as being wild vagrants from North America.

Most of the birds in the following photos are certainly not wild as they were photographed while still in captivity but the first one arrived as an immature bird in circumstances that led many to think it may be a genuine vagrant; however the fact that it has remained present now for a number of seasons and is ridiculously tame does not help its case.

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male Hooded Merganser, Radipole Lake (Dorset, UK), 2nd May 2009

 

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captive Hooded Mergansers, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 28th February 2009

 

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captive Hooded Mergansers, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 12th April 2004

 

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captive Hooded Merganser, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 13th February 2010

 

captive Hooded Merganser, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 12th March 2011

 

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captive Hooded Mergansers, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014

 

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captive Hooded Mergansers, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 7th December 2015

 

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captive first-winter male Hooded Merganser, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 7th February 2016

 

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captive first-winter male and female Hooded Mergansers, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 27th February 2016