Monday, December 14, 2009

Harlequin Ducks at Halibut Point State Park

The Quarry at Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

I had to go up north for a meeting anyway, so why not take a little excursion to Rockport?

Harlequin ducks are pretty reliable off the rocks of Halibut Point, but I was excited to see them anyway. The black and white head pattern is pretty cool, but it is the red that blows you away.

I also like the way they stick their tails up.

The females are duller, but still striking. Particularly from a distance.

They were doing a lot of diving but when the sun came out there was a lot of preening. Creating curious patterns.

This is my favorite shot: harlequin ducks surf riding.

Lots of scoters too, of all three common local varieties. And eiders. And a very short glimpse of a pair of razorbills--man they can stay under for a long time!


Mattenylou said...

I've never seen a harlequin before, they are beauties! Is that fresh or salt water?

Peter Oehlkers said...

They come inland sometimes but they are really rocky coast salt water birds. These pictures are from the tip of Cape Anne.

Rebecca said...

Cool ducks. I like the surfing shot!