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Harlequin duck

Histrionicus histrionicus


Male Harlequin ducks in there breeding plumage. A complex mixture of dark slate blue and chestnut along with streaks and patches of black and white. They use their stubby bill to pry invertebrates such as snails, limpets, crabs, chitons, and mussels from the rocks.


Spotted on large rocks covered with seaweed and mussels at Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary. These marine ducks spend much of their time on the rocks and in the kelp beds nearby foraging for food.

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Brian38 a year ago

Thank you Greg and Thank you Ashley for the nomination.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek a year ago

Nicely captured Brian 😀

Brian38 a year ago

Thank you so much Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Handsome birds !

Brian38 a year ago

Thanks Neil and Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Nice spot. They look like dominoes.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago


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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2019
Submitted on May 21, 2019

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