February 06, 2014

....and that's why they call it a long-tailed duck.

When we were birding along the Welland canal we saw long-tailed ducks, both male and female.
It seemed that every time I tried for a photo they would dive.
At least this time I lucked out and got a shot of its tail.

Clangula hyemalis
The Long-tailed Duck is one of the deepest diving ducks, and can dive as deep as 60 meters (200 feet) to forage.
Of all diving ducks, the Long-tailed Duck spends the most time under water relative to time on the surface. When it is foraging it is submerged three to four times as much as it is on top of the water.

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