Waterfowl - Patrick J. Blake Photography
An inlet in the southeastern corner of Serpentine Lake in the Christmas Mountains.  Water flowing downhill from the nearby mountains empties into this small pond, which continues to flow into the much larger Serpentine Lake.  Our research team would often see bald eagles and western osprey fishing the waters of Serpentine Lake.<br />
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Although this pond is very shallow, it is also very tranquil, with a small series of waterfalls just to the left, where the mountain streams empties into the pond.  It takes little imagination to consider putting a cabin near the shore here.<br />
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Photo taken 19 June 2010.

Wood Duck (male)
Aix sponsa
Rideau River, Ottawa, Ontario
30 August 2008

"Eclipse" males are usually only seen before fall migration, when the ducks have their annual moult.  During this time, the ducks are unable to fly, and therefore unable to escape from predators.  Taking after the females, male wood ducks moult into drabber, less flashy plumage, allowing themselves to blend into their surroundings like females.

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