A pair of Harlequin Ducks negotiates a tumbling creek in Glacier National Park, Montana. These ducks are so rare that, in the park, there are about twice as many grizzly bears as Harlequins.
Behind the lens.
I spent years studying Harlequins, but I seldom carried a camera during that time. So now when I return to photograph them, I find it surprisingly hard to create an image that really shows what being a Harlequin Duck is all about.
Finally, this photograph tells their story. Harlequins are all about clear, cold, churning water. They are sea ducks that migrate inland to nest along rumbling creeks and streams. And, while the female is cryptic brown, the male has some of the most ornate feathers of any bird species.
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