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!