Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Harlequin

Harlequin Duck Pair, Histrionicus histrionicus. Harlequin ducks are right up there with Wood Ducks and Mandarins for color! I remember seeing pairs of Harlequin Ducks up in mountain ponds in Prince William Sound, Alaska. They don't seem to flock or congregate in any sizeable numbers like some ducks do (for example, Ruddy Ducks). Just solitary pairs. Anyhow, these two were having a wing ding of a time the other day. Guess that's where all those cute ducklings come from, duh. I don't know how that female duck manages to not drown in the process but it's a pretty quick affair so a bit of hard paddling probably does the trick.

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