Silhouette of Ring-necked ducks swimming
against a backdrop of winter sunlight
January 11, 2013
The cold crisp days and angular sunlight of our Mid-January cold spell made for excellent photographic opportunities. Bundling up against the cold winds and low temperatures, I was able to spend many a glorious hour outside observing the wintering ducks.
Male Bufflehead diving into Puget Sound at SunsetSwantown Marina
The Bufflehead is one of my favorite divers. Both sexes are distinct in their black and white plumage – dominantly white on the male and black on the smaller female. Buffleheads are easy to spot on the water as they are quite acrobatic in their diving ability. Watching them in motion reminds one of an Olympic Gymnast. Buffleheads are found wintering locally on both fresh and salt water.