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
Anas platyrhynchos
Dufferin Island, Niagara Falls, Ontario
20 February 2010

Melanie and I found this strange looking mallard sleeping on a frozen portion of the Niagara River.  A little bit of research led me to believe this is a domestic form of mallard, commonly called the "Saxony"-type.  May also be a hybrid between a wild and Saxony-type mallard, but it would take a geneticist to know for sure.

A special thanks goes out to Charlie at 10000birds.com for his thorough and enlightening post on domestic mallard breeds.

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