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Hooded Merganser Ducks acrylic painting on masonite board

Hooded Merganser Ducks ©

Original Acrylic Painting 18" x 24" Masonite $895.00

Lower Umpqua River, Western Oregon Coast Range
Hooded is something of an understatement for this extravagantly crested little duck.
Adult males are a sight to behold, with sharp black and white patterns set off by chestnut flanks. Females get their own distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest. Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers, where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food, seizing it in their thin, serrated bills. They nest in tree cavities; the ducklings depart with a bold leap to the forest floor when only one day old..

 

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Wildlife paintings by Shirley Reade