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
Stony Swamp Conservation Area (Jack Pine Trail), Ottawa, Ontario
31 August 2008

Similar to the wood duck pictured earlier, this drake mallard is in eclipse plumage.  It is not difficult to confuse an eclipse male with a female mallard, but an easy short cut is to look at the beak colour: males have a bright yellow beak, while females maintain an orangish beak with brown splotching.

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