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Bufflehead Ducks

Bufflehead Ducks have been here on the lake all winter.  The lovely little white and black diving ducks are active in the water.  The amazing thing about the Bufflehead Duck’s diving, is that the ducks can swim under water quite a long distance.  This is both for food-gathering and for protection.  The Bufflehead Ducks hide from predators such as the Bald Eagles by swimming underwater where it is harder for the predator to find the ducks.  The Bufflehead Ducks here are in a small flock at the moment.  Earlier there were likely about thirty or so individual Bufflehead Ducks here on the lake.  The female or hen Bufflehead Duck is dark brown and black with white accents.  The male or drake Bufflehead is the opposite with white being the dominant color and black and a very dark green being the accent colors.  The Bufflehead Ducks are very shy.  I was happy to be able to see these cute little ducks!  The Bufflehead Ducks will soon be on their migratory journey home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Bufflehead Ducks" (7)

  1. I will have to look closer, but I think I saw some of them on the river yesterday. They do migrate through here.

  2. Oh,I wish I could see some of these around here, I will be on the lookout. I told my husband about them the other day, I told him about your blog and that I would be looking for them now. And now if I see any, I will come back here to positively identify them!

    • Hi Ginny, Well, I sure hope you’ll see some. They are really pretty little ducks but they sometimes can disappear quickly under the water. Have a great day today!

  3. What cool sounding ducks. They look pretty distinctive with the markings on their heads. I wish I lived closer to water so I could observe water birds more…

  4. The Goldfinches are pretty birds. I have a few all winter but not as many as I usually see. Wonderful photos.

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