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.

Mallard (male)
Anas platyrhynchos
Britannia Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario
25 April 2009

This is what is known as a "bibbed" mallard.  It is an alternate plumage which may result from either a genetic mutation or, more likely, hybridization, possibly with a domestic mallard.  Note the white "bib" and rust-brown belly and sides.

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