Bufflehead Ducks are Winter visitors here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. I took these pictures last Winter (2011) at the Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, TN, and also on Lake Tansi, an area near Crossville, TN. The Bufflehead Ducks are my favorite ducks. They are wary of people. They are also difficult for me to take pictures of. They tend to congregate in remote spots on the lakes.
The drake is the one with white and dark iridescent purplish-black, and flashes of green. The hen is charcoal grey with beige and white accents. The genders mirror each other in color. They are diving ducks and eat smaller aquatic animals. The drake can raise the white feathers on its head at times. These small ducks migrate here for the Winter from way up North in the Mid-western U.S. and also in Canada. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!