Launching Long-tailed

I found a good number of Long-tailed ducks feeding in Indian River Inlet this afternoon.  These guys breed in the Arctic in the summer but wears their ‘breeding’ plumage in the winter, luckily for us.  They are beautiful ducks that can dive as deeply as 200 feet, and stay under water for a long time.  In the inlet they were feeding along the jetty rocks and seemingly enjoying the sunny, breezy, cold afternoon.  This drake took off right in front of me after a short run on the water and I am very thankful that he did.  His long tail feathers make it obvious how it got its name.

 

Ducks IR Inlet 1,17.2015_1157

This entry was posted in Birds, Ducks, Winter 2014/15.

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