Saturday 21 February 2015

Harlequin Duck- London

The first record of Harlequin Duck in Middlesex County (as far as I know) occurred last week when a beautiful male showed up on the Thames River in London.  Lucky enough for me, this bird stuck around long enough for me to see it today after I finished some work in the area.  Thanks to Chris Law for showing me the spot!  This bird was quite skittish, as reported, and combined with the thick brush along the river it made it difficult to get a good shot! It also didn't help that it was snowing.  So let me preface the photos by saying that they do not do this bird justice! Google Harlequin Duck if you want to see what I mean!  Undoubtedly one of the birding highlights so far this year!

Looking in the water

You can see how small the Harlequin Duck is in comparison to the Common Goldeneyes