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Friday, January 29, 2010

Buffleheads

Bufflehead ducks in Astoria, Oregon It's bufflehead season. No, I don't shoot them, I like to watch them on the river. They fly down from Canada and winter here in Astoria and in much of the U.S. The male has the unusual white patch on his head like a quarter of a cream pie, and the brilliant white lower half. The female has a white splash on either side of her head. I usually see them not in pairs, but in groups. Sometimes the group is all females, and sometimes it's predominantly female. Their name is a contraction of "buffalo head," which, to me, is just another reason to like these critters.

Our bufflehead ducks are not very tame, and although you can see them on the river often, they keep out of range, and take off when I try to get a good close-up.

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8 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

I like Buffleheads. they visit my pond often and yesterday when I visitied my Mother on Whidbey they seems to be everywhere. Cute ducks. MB

Stine in Ontario said...

Nice photos. I've never heard of them before! I wonder if they are mostly western birds.

cieldequimper said...

Lovely shot and they are so cute!

Lee Spangler said...

pretty bird. Loves that cold wet January. Nice shot Tapirgal

Jacob said...

Being monstrously ignorant of some things, I must admit I've never heard of buffleheads but they sure are handsome duckies!

And for nothing getting close, you did get a very nice picture...sharp and look at the way the water ripples...great job, actually!

You mean people shoot these?

Francisca said...

The shot I didn't get... ;-) Sweet.

Jacob said...

Hi Cheryl - Me again. I responded to your comment re: gators, pythons, etc., on Ocala DP...you might find it interesting...

VP said...

A great picture. I share Jacob's ignorance of birds, anything like this is some kind of a duck to me... Thank for improving that!

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