Male bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Small ducks, buffleheads are visiting Lake Ontario from the north. Isn't the male handsome?
At a distance, bufflehead males appear to be black and white, but up close and under the right conditions you can see the "black" is actually a glossy green/purple.
Females are less colourful but - to my eyes - still quite pretty. Both spend their winter days diving for aquatic invertebrates. Soon they will travel north to breed in northern forests close to lakes, often nesting in former holes created by northern flickers.
Male, a tad miffed
Ahem! Did someone get too close to someone else's female?
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