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Beauty in the Turbulence – Harlequins!

May 7, 2014

My early morning walk in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park was beautiful today (as always!). I saw a beaver, Merlins, and a Great Blue Heron – just a few sightings on a great morning. And just at the end – a pair of Harlequin Ducks!

Harlequin Ducks are not a common sighting.  They nest near mountain streams, creeks and rivers and the males are indeed spectacular looking birds.  Histrionicus histrionicus – apparently the male is quite “histrionic” in his mating displays.  This pair, however, were quite calm – perched and preening in the stream.

Beautiful birds in a beautiful setting. I love the Kooteneys!

 

 

A pair of Harlequin Ducks

A pair of Harlequin Ducks

Female Harlequin Duck

Female Harlequin Duck

Male Harlequin Duck

A Male Harlequin Duck – spectacular plumage!

Histrionicus histrionicus

Histrionicus histrionicus

all photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius 2014

Alistair Fraser has posted some superb pictures of these birds on his “Exploring Kootenay Lake” blog http://blog.kootenay-lake.ca/?p=10505 They are well worth checking out.

 

One Comment
  1. Janny permalink

    How beautyfull Joanne!

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