HOODED MERGANSERS: RARE BAHAMAS WINTER RESIDENTS


Hooded Merganser - male (Keith Salvesen WWT)

HOODED MERGANSERS: RARE BAHAMAS WINTER RESIDENTS

On the whole, I’d advise against undertaking a special trip to the Bahamas to search for mergansers, either hooded or red-breasted. Both species are classified as rare winter residents. Over the last 10 years they have occasionally found in the northern Bahamas, including on Abaco. I’ve seen a female red-breasted merganser at Gilpin Pond. Although the bird photos I post are generally taken on Abaco, I admit that I have no hooded merganser photos taken there. Or in the Bahamas for that matter. So bear with me – these that I took elsewhere will have serve as illustrations of what you might see on Abaco if you were in the right place at the right time. As if…

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All photos: RH

2 thoughts on “HOODED MERGANSERS: RARE BAHAMAS WINTER RESIDENTS

  1. It is always a treat to see hooded mergansers regardless of where you are. And what a treat to see such perfect photos because the bird is so skittish and always swimming away.

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