Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Photographer has an eye for wildlife

Lonnie Boyer snapped this shot of a female goldeneye duck with one duckling.
Lonnie left camp just a week ago. The tiny size of the duckling is a comment on the late spring we had here at Red Lake. The ice didn't melt until May 20, I believe. As a result all sorts of wild things that hinge on ice-out are either later than normal or, in this case, smaller.
The fact the hen only had one offspring is also unusual. These ducks would normally have 7-10 young ones. Mind you, tiny ducklings look mighty tasty to northern pike!

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