Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus/(Mergus cucullatus)

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser male
Hooded Merganser, a rare transatlantic migrant in UK.
Above is the drake in breeding plumage with his amazing crest up which makes his head in side-view a white dome bordered in black; head-on, he has a girl's white wig and a black top-knot.
Hooded Merganser drake
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser
More of the amazing crest.
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser drake
Above is the drake with his crest down
Hooded Merganser
and raised again.
Hooded Merganser The drake has a yellow eye
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser Hooded Merganser pair
Hooded Merganser female
Hooded Merganser female
Hooded Merganser
The female Hooded Merganser has a grey-brown body and ginger "hair". Her eye is reddish brown and bill edged with yellow.
Hooded Merganser hood She can also raise her crest
Hooded Merganser female
Immature Merganser
The drake's non-breeding (eclipse) plumage is similar to the female plumage; above photos show him on the turn between outfits.