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Little red gliding hoods

On a chilly afternoon, a couple of male Redheads (Aythya Americana) enjoyed paddling around a thawed section of the lake. A nearby Canada goose looked on — perhaps with admiration for the rusty cinnamon noggins.

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Mr. Teal

Although the swampy area of the park was dominated by American black ducks, one little Green-winged teal (Anas crecca) seemed to feel right at home among them.

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Watchduck on duty

With much of the swampy area iced over, these mallards sheltered in a nearby creek. As the others tucked their heads in to rest, one female stayed alert, presumably keeping an eye out for trouble.

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Little White Gliding Hood

Like three chums out for a watery stroll, these Hooded mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) were on their way to meet up with a fair number of others of their kind in Franklin Lake. The male in front has his hood or … Continue reading

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Twin Beaks

I think these two synchronized swimmers are male (non-breeding) Ruddy ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis). Small & cute, and with tails at attention, they were paddling around the western end of Lake Takanassee in Long Branch.

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Sleek dark dabbler

I believe this is a male American black duck (Anas rubripes) paddling about the swamp. Several of these swimmers visit that little patch of water, along with their friends the mallards.

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