Thursday, December 22, 2011

Male Escort Service

Male buffleheads are fiercely competitive for the attention of females this time of year.  While the female (the lowest bird) may not appear to be in the lead, she is calling the shots.  Wherever she goes, they will follow, until she finally settles on a place to land.  Normally, their flight is very straight and very fast.  When they are following a female, however, their flight becomes very lyrical as they fly in tight formations back and forth, reminiscent of species like sandpipers.  This photo may appear to be black and white, but it is not.  Believe it or not, the head of the male is not actually black.  I'll show you one tomorrow.

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