Harlequin Duck - male

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    The Harlequin Duck occasionally makes it down to the Bay Area, having migrated from further north where it nests along fast-moving mountain streams. This bird was swimming a bit too fast for me to get a sharp shot, but some day.....

    The Harlequin is in the tribe "Mergini" (Sea Ducks and Merganser). Histrionicus is a monotypic genus, so the Harlequin has no close relatives and does not hybridize.

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