Spring break continues with beautiful sunny days in the 70s! Today I went on a road trip with my friend, and fellow nature photographer, Bill. We went to the Hennepin Canal Visitor’s Center in Sheffield, Illinois. Bill showed me a wonderful little pond that had photography blind on the east side. We had a great time photographing all kinds of ducks. A pair of hooded mergansers swam close enough to the blind that we were able to get a few decent shots. The hooded merganser is the smallest of the three types of merganser found in North America. The male has a black and white head with a large crest, yellow eyes, and a black beak. His back and chest are black and white while the sides and hind portion of the male merganser are brown. The female is a gray-brown color with a reddish tint. She has an orange beak and brown eyes. Hooded mergansers prefer wooded wetland habitats where they nest in tree cavities where they lay an average of 9-11 eggs. They feed on small fish, insects, and other aquatic crustaceans.