Friday, June 1, 2012

Urban Harlequin

Working right on the water has some serious perks. There is constant boat activity and always some sort of wildlife making an appearance.

Today after lunch I was greeted by a group of 10 Harlequin Ducks. Small sea ducks, these birds need clean, rushing streams for breading and fresh rocky shores covered in muscles and other marine life to feed on. Thankfully, Juneau, Alaska still has plenty of both. In the next couple of weeks these birds will start heading back up those crystal clear streams with their mates to find a nesting spot.

Harlequin Ducks

These birds swam around driving for muscles on the bottom before they took off for less bustling areas.
6 Harlequin Ducks in Juneau, Alaska

5 Drakes and 2 Hen Harlequin Ducks

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