Male (front) and female long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemelis)
It was finger-numbing cold, overcast and very windy the day I took these photos, but this is the time of year when I see flocks of long-tailed ducks swimming in the icy waters of Lake Ontario.
Sitting up tall in water
Early in winter, these diving ducks can be quite shy of humans, just having arrived here from the Arctic. Later in the season they sometimes move a little closer to humans carrying cameras. (I sure hope so!)
Female long-tailed duck
I love the odd sounds they make when they talk to each other, but these ducks were silent. However, one male was wagging his tail feathers and the whole flock moved further out into the bay. I suspect the tail wagging was a warning signal.
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