LBI Lord and Ladies Among the many beautiful ducks that spend their winter in New…


Lord and Ladies 👑

Among the many beautiful ducks that spend their winter in New Jersey, the Harlequin Duck is the most sought after aside from the occasional male King Eider. These fancy diving ducks dive for their food like most other sea ducks, often feeding on aquatic arthropds, gastropods and fish roe near rocky coasts and jettys. Due to their spectacular plumage, they were once the prime targets of duck hunters which, in combination with habitat degradation, caused a decline in their populations on the east coast of North America. Their calm nature, tameness and proximity to humans made them easy targets. Luckily, hunting these ducks on their eastern North American wintering grounds was made illegal in 1999.

🦆Harlequin Duck
Histrionicus histrionicus

🗺 Barnegate Lighthouse State Park, Barnegate, New Jersey

🗓 11/21/2021

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  1. ecoevo_burger

    Nice shot! Love those ducks

  2. audrey_randazzo

    Great pics!!

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