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"Bufflehead"
Bufflehead:    The Bufflehead is the smallest native diving duck in North America. The name "Bufflehead" is a corruption of the original name "Buffalo Head", a reference to the disproportionately large domed head of the male. Other nicknames for the duck are "Bumblebee Dipper", "Robin Dipper", "Hell-diver", "Spirit Duck", and "Butterball". Lewis and Clark called the duck the "black and white duck". The Bufflehead was first described by Linnaeus in 1758.


"... The black and white Duck are Small about the Size of the blue-winged teal, or reather larger.    the mail is butifully varigated with black and white.    the white occupies the Side of the head, breast and back.    black the tail, large feathers of the wing, two tufts of feathers which cover the upper part of the wings when folded, the neck and head.    the female is darker or has much less white about her. I take this to be the Same Species of duck common to the ohio, as also the atlantic Coast, and Sometimes called the butter box.    the back is wide and Short, and as well as the legs of a dark Colour.    the flesh of this duck is verry well flavored I think Superior to the Duckinmallard. ..."    [Captain William Clark, March 9, 1806, while at Fort Clatsop]

 
January ... Woodland Bottoms, Washington ...

Image, 2017, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington, click to enlarge
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Bufflehead, female, Burke Slough, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Cold sunny winter day, slight breeze, temps in the low 30s. Image taken January 6, 2017. Nikon P900.


February ... Saspal Slough, Oregon ...

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Bufflehead, female, Saspal Slough, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2008. Sony A100, 500mm.


March ... Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon ...

Image, 2015, Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bufflehead, male, Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon. Gorgeous spring day. Image taken March 9, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.


November ... Dawson Creek Complex, Hillsboro, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Hillsboro, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bufflehead, male, Dawson Creek Complex, Hillsboro, Oregon. Morning was sunny and crisp. Image taken November 11, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Bufflehead, female, Dawson Creek Complex, Hillsboro, Oregon. Morning was sunny and crisp. Image taken November 11, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Hayden Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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Bufflehead and Lesser and Greater Scaups, Hayden Island, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge. Cold overcast afternoon with occasional sunbreaks. Image taken November 20, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2007, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Bufflehead, male ... in flight ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 21, 2007.

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December ... Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon ...

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Bufflehead, male and female (left image), and female (right image), Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Image taken December 5, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Image taken December 5, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Image taken December 5, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.
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Bufflehead, female, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Image taken December 5, 2009. Canon Rebel, 200z w/1.4.


... 2010 ... "diving" ...

The duck dived 4 times in front of me, and, while I managed three shots of the "tail high" I could only manage the swim by and the re-surfacing once.

Image, 2010, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.
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"Diving" ... Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.
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"Diving" ... Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.
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"Diving" ... Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.
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"Underwater" ... Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.
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"Underwater" ... Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.
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"Surfacing" ... Bufflehead, male, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon. Overcast, gray, but no rain. Image taken December 25, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 200z.



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