A Ruddy Duck in eclipse plumage surfaces and dissappears into the fog on a perfectly calm morning. This male is just starting to grow back into his summer breeding plumage, which will include a bright-blue bill.
Behind the lens.
I grew up swimming every day that my mother would let me. Whenever we picniced at the river, she always make us wait 30 minutes after eating before we could go back in the water, threatening us not to go in early because, "Your lips will turn blue." And that is what I think of every time I see a male Ruddy.
Ruddy DuckbirdJohn Ashley