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"Ring-necked Duck"
Ring-necked Duck:    In 1897, the American Ornithologists' Union wrote, in their publication "The Auk" (Vol.XIV): "Known as Canard noir, and Raft-duck."


The Ring-necked Duck was discovered by Lewis and Clark while on their 1805/1806 exploration of the Columbia River. Captain Lewis wrote up a description of the duck on March 28, 1806, while at Deer Island:

"... we have seen more waterfowl on this island than we have previously seen since we left Fort Clatsop, consisting of geese, ducks, large swan, and Sandhill crains. I saw a few of the Canvisback duck.    the duckinmallard are the most abundant.    one of the hunters killed a duck which appeared to be the male,    it was a size less than the duckinmallard. ... the beak of this duck is remarkably wide, and is 2 inches in length, the upper chap exceeds the under one in both length and width, insomuch that when the beak is closed the under is entirly concealed by the upper chap.    a narrow strip of white garnishes the upper part or base of the upper chap; this is succeeded by a pale skye blue colour which occupys about one inch of the chap, is again succeeded by a transverse stripe of white and the extremity is of a pure black.    the eye is moderately large the puple black and iris of a fine orrange yellow. the feathers on the crown of the head are longer than those on the upper part of neck and other parts of the head; these feathers give it the appearance of being crested. ..."

 
January ... King's Pond, Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Kings Pond, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck, female, King's Pond, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 3, 2010. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


February ... Lacamas Lake, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Round Lake, Camas, Washington, click to enlarge
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Tufted Duck, male, on slough ("Mill Pond") next to Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Weather was sunny. Image taken February 14, 2012. Canon Rebel, 200mm.
Image, 2012, Round Lake, Camas, Washington, click to enlarge
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Tufted Duck, male, on slough ("Mill Pond") next to Round Lake, Camas, Washington. Weather was sunny. Image taken February 14, 2012. Canon Rebel, 200mm.


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

Image, 2015, Tualatin, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck pair, male (left) and female (right), Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon. Gorgeous winter day. Image taken February 22, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.
Image, 2015, Tualatin, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck pair, male, Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon. Gorgeous winter day. Image taken February 22, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.


February ... Columbia River near Portland International Airport ...

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Ring-necked Ducks, males, Columbia River near Portland International Airport. Weather was cold with heavy winds, starting to drizzle. Image taken February 28, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.
Image, 2009, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Ducks, two males and one female, heavy swells, Columbia River near Portland International Airport. Weather was cold with heavy winds, starting to drizzle. Image taken February 28, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


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

Image, 2015, Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck, female, Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin, Oregon. Gorgeous spring day. Image taken March 9, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.


April ... Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck, male, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Mostly cloudy spring day. Image taken April 1, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


April ... Columbia River near PDX, Oregon ...

Image, 2009, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck, male, Columbia River near Portland International Airport. Image taken April 15, 2009. Canon Rebel, 300z.


April ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Duck, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 26, 2008.

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August ... Tualatin River NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Odd Ring-necked Duck, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon. Image taken August 28, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


September ... Horsethief Lake, Washington ...

Image, 2011, Horsethief Butte, Washington, click to enlarge
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Ring-necked Ducks, Horsethief Lake Park, Washington. Columbia Hills State Park. Image taken September 28, 2011. Canon Rebel, 300mm.



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