Hooded Mergansers have a relatively small population and low productivity rates due to their delayed onset of breeding (not breeding until age two). They are also slow to colonize new breeding areas, making it more important to conserve the areas where this duck is currently breeding.
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2017 Canadian Wildlife Photographers
2017 British Columbia Wildlife Photographers
2017 FAA Portraits - Birds
March 31st, 2017
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