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
Britannia Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario
25 May 2008

Normally wood ducks are shy and either swim away or flush at the sight of humans.  This drake and the female photographed next were uncharacteristically calm and accommodating in our presence.

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