March 12, 2014

Long tailed duck

Long tailed duck by ricmcarthur
Long tailed duck, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
There were a number of long-tailed ducks at Bronte Harbour the day we went there.
I like bird names that actually match the bird.

Clangula hyemalis

Formerly known as Oldsquaw, the Long-tailed Duck breeds in the Arctic and winters along both coasts of North America. It is distinctive among ducks in plumage, molt sequences, foraging behaviour, and vocalizations.
The Long-tailed Duck is one of the deepest diving ducks, and can dive as deep as 60 meters (200 feet) to forage.

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