Male Bufflehead (Bucephalia albeola)
Buffleheads are very small ducks, fun to watch because they are almost continuously diving down in one spot and coming up in another looking for tasty tidbits - invertebrates. In the distance adult males appear to be black and white, but up close and in good light you can see the "black" is actually shiny green and purple.
Female or first-year male Bufflehead
They breed in the boreal forests of northern Canada and are on their way to waters that do not freeze in winter, often shallow salt water. A few will stay here if they can find open water.
Male bufflehead profile view
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