Category: Harlequin duck

These two males took a break from feeding along the Bow river in Banff National Park.  Harlequin numbers have been down over the past few years and this year an effort is underway to try and catch as many as possible for banding and placement of radio-transmitters to help researchers figure out why.

This spring I saw numerous Harlequin ducks which are one of my favourites. These birds fly over the Rocky Mountains each spring to spend a few months in Alberta surfing the fast flowing waters for food and to nest before migrating back to the coast in the fall to spend the winter in the ocean.