This little drake Bufflehead Duck visited the pond here on February 14, 2013 when I snapped these pictures. This is the first time a Bufflehead Duck has been at the pond this season. I did not see any other Buffleheads with this particular one. The Buffleheads are diving ducks. They are smaller than a lot of other ducks and have a white and black coloration. The drakes are white and black with the hens being dark charcoal grayish-black and white. Hen Bufflehead Ducks are almost a perfect opposite of the drakes.
The big problem for these attractive ducks is that they happen to be a favorite food of several large raptors, primarily Bald Eagles! It is a good thing that they can stay underwater for a good length of time in their dives. For a long time while I watched this drake Bufflehead, it was the only duck out on the water of the pond. After awhile, I did see a quartet of Mallards come out and paddle around. The Bufflehead approached the larger Mallards, but they did not seem too receptive of socializing with the white and black duck. I took these pictures in my yard on Valentine’s Day. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!