April 1997

"These ruddy ducks spent
the morning asleep and then
one drake woke up and started
his mating display. He puts his
head up, raises the feathers on
the back of his head into little bat
ear crests, tucks his bill down,
sticks his tail feathers straight up,
and then starts rapidly bobbing
his head and clacking his bill
while swimming around females
who, if they are interested, will
swim alongside and mimic bits
of his posture and displays."

zipper

oxyura jamaicensis
photo © 1997 the archive of light