Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Harlequin Duck in the Surf, Watery Wednesday

I was up at the Granite Pier in Rockport and saw a pair of Harlequin Duck bobbing in the waves. I’ve only seen two Harlequins so I was rather excited and couldn’t understand why the couple birding next to me wasn’t sharing my enthusiasm. Well, it turns out that they are not uncommon up there.

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Harlequins love the surf by rocky shores so we don’t get them in Gloucester Harbor where it is relatively calm. Nevertheless, these little ducks are pretty cool and they get extra points for braving the rocky surf.

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These little daredevils move inland along swift running streams to breed. I’ve tried to show you some of the ups and downs of these birds in the surf.
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22 comments:

Kathy said...

Oh I love those ducks. Love the colors on them. Never seen a harlequin duck before. Beautiful shots.

Craig Glenn said...

I would be excited too. I see a few wood ducks when driving but havent captured any yet. These are really cool looking.

Craig

Judy said...

I would have been excited, too!! They are beautiful little ducks, and you have captured the movement of the water so well!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Ginger said...

Your photographs are spectacular,I especially like the last one with the little wave in the foreground. I have a lot of ducks in my yard all the time, as we live on a pond. These are quite lovely.

Linnea W said...

Oh, these are terrific shots. The markings on those ducks are exquisite. I don't think I've ever seen that kind of duck before. Although I was at Gloucester harbor about seven years ago. Maybe I saw some then!? Your shots are so well done! Such clarity and vivid coloring.

Steve B said...

Thanks Kathy, and thanks for stopping over.

Hi Craig, I’m still excited, I went back this morning to see if I could get in closer. I’ve to download the shots and see if I got anything. Wood Ducks are cool. I haven’t seen a one for quite some time.

Hi Judy, Thanks for coming over!

I agree Ginger, I think the last one is the most important one because it really shows what these little ducks like.

Hi Linna, I doubt that you’ve seen Harlequins on the harbor. This is my third winter and I’ve never seen them on the Gloucester Harbor. Perhaps along Bass Rocks on the eastern shores? Who knows?

JunieRose2005 said...

These are great shots! I'm glad I followed this link on Watery Wednesday!


Junie

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are wonderful! I've only seen a few of these and only at the Arboretum here. I'm glad you decided to participate. Hope to see you back. :-)

Jenny said...

Oh Man! +(as you say over there)(-:
That is one sexy duck! I would absolutely love to see some of these ducks. We do get some of 'your' ducks come over to Britain by mistake, but I'm not sure if a Harlequin has done so as yet. I can hope! I'd go a long way to twitch one of those! (-:

floreta said...

the last shot is really nice! great ones.

Kelly said...

...love seeing them floating in all that frothy surf. Amazing, cute little ducks.

A New England Life said...

If I were there I would have shared in your enthusiasm! I've never seen a Harlequin before. Just this morning another blog had Wood ducks so it's been nice to see close ups of ducks I'm not accustomed too.

Very nice Steve. Sharp dressers they are!

VALKYRIEN said...

These are wonderful shots! You can almost dive into the picture! And those ducks are beautiful - never seen Harlekin ducks.

RANA said...

(Arrived from Vita Stunder)
My godness, what beautiful photos. Even if the ducks are the stars - I just ADORE the colour of the water. Mmmm!

:-)
/Rana in Sweden

Tink *~*~* said...

I love this sort of duck - they are so pretty! Although I don't think it's fair that the females don't get the fancier plummage.

Tink *~*~*
Wednesday at My Mobile Adventures *~*~* - It was no picnic! on Sanibel Island

Denise said...

I have never seen a Harlequin before either. What interesting coloring. Great photos!

Steve B said...

Wow, thanks all for stopping by. I went up to Halibut Point to see if I could do a little better. I was seeing some courtship behavior. Spring is coming!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They sure do look like their name implies Steve, but quite pretty nevertheless.

Steve B said...

Hi Joan! So happy to see you stop by again. This is exactly what I thought when I saw my first on in 1988 in Southern California. He was a big to-do because they are a rarity there.

Eve said...

These Harlequin are so very beautiful! I would love to see one some day. Great work Steve.

madcobug said...

This is my first time visiting your blog. I have been looking at some of your pictures. You have some outstanding photos. I loved the little Bufflehead Hen. Helen

Chris said...

Cool Steve,
I like this group pictures. Not so easy to take in the surfing mode :-) Well done.

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