When I first started birding, the first waterfowl I learned to identify without consulting a book, was the Bufflehead.
One day while talking with other birders, I mispronounced the name and said, “Buffalohead.” Several of the people jumped on my mistake and made sure I corrected it.
I never forgot that lesson, and the other day when I saw some Buffleheads on the water at the Redmond sewage ponds, I began the stalk. However, they were well aware of what I was doing and soon as I would get close enough to lift my camera, off they flew to the other side.
I decided to snap off a long shot of them just in case I couldn’t get a good close shot.
I’m glad I did.
The bird with the white body and head is the male. The others are the female Buffleheads.
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