I photographed these sea ducks on a sunny but windy and bitterly cold day in January, in Ogunquit, Maine near the Cliff House. The stars of the show were the colorful Harlequin ducks, with about a dozen in one raft and another five in a closer-by raft. The photogenic Harlequins appear only in mid-winter. There were also long-tailed ducks (formerly known as oldsquaw) and black scoters further out from the cliffs. Somewhat closer were rafts of common eiders and a pair of common mergansers.
Keywords:Harlequin, black scoter, bufflehead, eider, long-tailed duck
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