When I arrived back along the canal, they were closer to the roadside and I know what they were right away! Hooded Mergansers!!! These ducks are very difficult to get close to, so I easily get excited when I have an opportunity. These are super crops, but they came out well. I like the texture of the water from the rain. You can tell what kind of day it is.
As an added bonus, there was a pair of common mergansers about 50 yards down. I actually see hoodies more than I see these, so they are not so common to me. This is one of the few species where I think the female is more interesting than the male (don't take that the wrong way ladies).
I did get out for a hike, but all I got was wet. Terrible day for hiking, but great for working from the truck!