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.

Common Eider (male)
"East Arctic" subspecies
Somateria mollissima borealis
Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine
19 May 2008

Common eiders are rare in Ottawa, but thrive along the eastern seaboard, especially during the winter.  On a trip to Maine in May 2008, Melanie and I found our first common eiders near the Portland Head Light lighthouse.

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