Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Harlequin Ducks

If you ask my opinion, this is one of the coolest ducks on the planet. It always has been a challenge to get shots of them for a handful of reasons. First is you have to find them. Second is they are relatively small and they love the rugged cost lines where they dive in the surf for mollusks, crustaceans and insects so getting on them is a challenge. And if you do find a spot, they are more likely to give you the stink-eye and go some place rougher. Harlequins are a winter bird here on the central coastline of New England.

As you scroll down, you may notice that the water color varies from between blue and green. It was a partly sunny day with fast moving cold clouds. As a result the shots with the blue water were when the sun was shining. The green water shots represent the color of our costal waters, teaming with plant life.

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

©2014 Steve Borichevsky

Tomorrow, I will have Long Tail Ducks for you. Be sure to stop by! And be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week.

8 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

They are beautiful! Great photos Steve!

Carole M. said...

great to see them out there Steve. I recently saw some quite unexpectedly - in a wetland area at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. I never, ever thought I'd see one of these ducks 'for real'! I was amazed at how fast they can swim and to see them scoot under the water like they do, was quite a surprise. How lucky you were to find them for yourself and great photos too

Bob Pelkey said...

Don't hesitate to break the rules, Steve.

Gemma Wiseman said...

These ducks are so fascinating to watch in action. All that flashing of designer colour as they splash around. Grand photos.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Steve. Great shots of this fabulous duck. I hope you got some footage of the action!

Judy said...

The males are such gorgeous colours!

janiceadcock said...

Nice shots!

Dave said...

You Git!

Sorry Steve couldn't resist that mate. Yes one of the best ducks on the planet and a species that is on most listers "list" to get one day. These are stunning ..... and your images arnt too bad either...

Very jealous

Dave

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