First year Drake coming into full colors.
Breeding Pair of Mallards pond-side at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, California.
Seldom seen in the wild along coastal regions, this pair of Ring Billed ducks seemed pleased to paddle the waters along a coastal marsh.
Handsome and fully mature, these two Sea Scoter drakes display their rich colorful bills. It’s not often we see such a vivid and well defined coloration on these coastal waterfowl.
Common Mergansers are working the water ways near the mouth of the Eel River lowlands.
Mating season is getting into full swing.
It’s not a clown with wings, but a Sea Scoter. Colorful, robust, and definitely a distinctive waterfowl in harbors and sheltered coastline surf areas.
Mallard pair natural selection and the mating dance/flight gets into full swing on the Second Day of Spring.