Photograph Donald Quintana writes that this Hooded Merganser Drake is in the midst of head pumping, a silent display where the bird thrusts its neck and head forward in a seemingly aggressive manner. “Truly one of the most bizarre displays I have ever seen in a duck!”
The Smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of duck, and is the only member of the genus Mergellus. This species breeds in the northern taiga of Europe and Asia. It needs trees for breeding. The Smew lives on fish-rich lakes and slow rivers. As a migrant it leaves its breeding areas and winters on sheltered coasts or inland lakes of the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, northern Germany and the Low Countries, with a small number reaching Great Britain.
Buffleheads breed from southern Alaska through the forested areas of western Canada, central Ontario and eastern Quebec. Buffleheads from eastern Alberta migrate to the eastern United States and the Gulf Coast of Mexico.Those from western Canada migrate south along the Pacific Flyway. They concentrate along the coasts during the winter from the Aleutian Islands to Mazatlan, Newfoundland to southern Florida and along the Gulf of Mexico.
The Torrent Duck is one of the few waterfowl in the world that is entirely restricted to fast-flowing mountain streams. It is currently considered most closely related to New Zealand’s Blue Duck that also shares this trait.-Displaying Torrent Ducks