Saturday, February 14, 2009

Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Lighthouse

Male Harlequin Duck 

Female Harlequin Duck 

Harlequin Ducks 

Harlequin Ducks 

Harlequin Ducks 

Harlequin Ducks 

Harlequin Duck 

On Thursday, a colleague told Mike about the Harlequin Ducks that spend the winter on the rocky coast at Barnegat Lighthouse off Long Beach. Chris just had to see them, so off we went at the start of the weekend in hopes of spotting this stunning waterfowl. The harlequin ducks were exactly where they had been a month earlier. It was definitely worth the drive as we felt well rewarded, and Chris even managed to overcome her irrational fear of walking along the huge rock jetty to see them. Now that we've seen them, we are having trouble deciding which is more beautiful, the Wood Duck or the Harlequin Duck. They both look like they have been hand painted.

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Anonymous jj said...

When do the Harlequins arrive and leave for the most part? Thanks very much!

March 19, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

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