Harlequin Duck trio

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 80D
7965784/1000000 sec. / ISO 1600
Nearest Area
Patterson Lake
Town
Winthrop
Description
I live in north central Washington where Harlequin Ducks are seen in the spring on rushing rivers and creeks filled with whitewater from the mountain snow melt. This past June I was paddling in my kayak on a local lake and was astonished to come across a trio of male Harlequins as I had never seen any in calm water here before. The males fly back to the coast in June after breeding with the females who stay here to raise their young. My best guess was that this trio of males was taking a rest stop on the lake before their flight back to the coast. I was also astonished that they didn't seem to mind my presence as I floated near them. They climbed up on a pipe near the outlet of the lake and lined up in their flashy breeding plumage for a perfect photo op!
Views
0
Favorites
0
Comments
0
Date Added
August 6, 2019
Date Taken
June 9, 2019