Three divers

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Three bufflehead ducks, one male, two females, swimming near the shore at CRAB park. They swam west, diving under the water, one after the other, all three disappearing for a minute or two, then reappearing for about half a minute. I didn’t get a very clear view of the ducks, but I could identify them because Lukasz of Through Open Lens posted a lovely picture of a male bufflehead duck a few days before my visit to CRAB park.

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  1. Aren’t they lovely though. Last summer I tried to get a photo of them but every time, they vanished below the surface! Made me laugh.

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    1. They do seem to spend a lot of their time under water. I wonder what percentage of their dives yield a bite of food? I was watching some Northern Shovelers a few days ago. They swim around with their bodies above water and their heads submerged, their fancy bills filtering out food. Their heads pop up once in a while, very briefly. I was getting a bit frustrated after a few failed attempts at photographing their bills. And then, I just had to laugh.

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