Along with the many overwintering diving ducks in the Chesapeake Bay, the Bufflehead is frequently seen. A small little duck that is quite shy and quick, they are hard to capture.
Many times they are rushing away from me, or really far away. Yesterday at Centennial Lake, I was lucky that a few were a little closer than usual, and not quite so shy. One of things I’ve been trying to capture over the past few years, is the remarkable coloring in their feathers around their neck. See, they are multicolored and irridescent. Many times the sun doesn’t hit their head just right and only black shows up in the images. Try as I may with post processing, these glorious colors don’t come through.
Finally, the stars aligned and a few beautiful captures appeared.
And then they have these cute bright pink feet. Only seen briefly during a dive.
The Bufflehead likes to summer throughout Canada and strangely enough loves to nest in trees in old Northern Flicker holes.
I love these little guys. Now only if they wouldn’t take off when they see me coming.