The Diving Duck

A female lesser scaup starts her dive under the water, her head already underneath the water, at Horse Lake on the auto tour at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Ridgefield, Washington in December 2013

I love watching the diving ducks on Horse Lake, like this female scaup starting her dive to search for food under the water. She pushes forward with her flattened tail on the surface of the water and her webbed feet below and breaks the surface of the water with her beak, her body soon to follow. It’s absolute poetry and I’ll never tire of watching it.

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