Bufflehead
Bufflehead (background). Picture taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

THE NATURAL WORLD OF SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH THE LENS OF CAPTAIN YVES- PART 24

Not only are these ducks quite, they also have a fantasitic name!

Buffleheads (in the background of the picture) are a sexually dimorphic species.

The males show off with their striking black and white appearence from afar and get even more stunning when you get close up and the sun hits them just right, a glossy green and purple appears. The females are much more dull showing a simple grey-brown plumage with a neat white patch on the cheek -obviously this is their chosen blusher choice.

Unlike most ducks Buffleheads are mostly monogamous.

“Mostly monogamous I hear you say?”

Yes, they often remain with the same partner for several years and seeing as the oldest recorded Buffle head was 18 years old , thats saying something for a duck!

QUACK! QUACK!

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