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Bufflehead (male)

Photo of the Week (March 20th, 2017)

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It's been a frustrating spring for photography around here, with weather that can't seem to make up its mind! We had a wonderfully warm February, and by early March, the ice was gone from most water bodies in the area. Then we had a very cold stretch, and the ice was back.  As a result, it's been tough for migrating waterfowl to find open water. As a result, it's been tough for a photographer who wants to shoot waterfowl!

The weather has warmed up again, the ice is largely gone, and waterfowl are returning.  But for this week, the photo of the week is an old one, taken around the same time 2 years ago. This photo of a male Bufflehead was taken on April 4th, 2015 at Dewey Gevik Nature Area, in western Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Buffleheads are one of my favorite species!  They have such character, particularly as they migrate through in the spring and are starting to get interested in breeding.  They're also unique and incredibly beautiful, if the light is right and you have an opportunity to see the iridescence.  In this early morning shot, I was able to get a photo of a beautiful drake swimming towards the morning sun, providing wonderful lighting on the face.

Bufflehead (male) - Bucephala albeola

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