Monday, May 25, 2015

Unidentified Duck

These four images were taken this morning, May 25, 2015, at the Depot Pond (East) in Upper Marlboro.

I had been taking photos of numerous Wood Duck pair as they came and went. I thought this was a Wood Duck while I was shooting. I was concentrating on focus and tracking, so I wasn't really looking at the bird so much.

Much like the Woodies, she made a pass or two to make sure everything was safe before attempting to land. It wasn't until afterward, I realized there was no eye ring and took a better look at it.

Then, like a Wood Duck, she landed in a tree. I didn't see the actual landing because she ended up on the far side of an oak tree, but I am pretty sure that is what she did.  If it is not a female Redhead, I am out of guesses myself. Can anyone identify the bird confidently? If you click on the pictures, you will see a larger image.


  1. It's a female Hooded Merganser.

    1. Thank you for your input. Several other responders agree with you.