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Yesterday, despite high tide at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park I was able to come close enough to a band of Harlequin ducks to take the following series of photos. These ducks love fast moving water and dive in it with abandon to find food like small fish and crustaceans.

Harlequin Ducks.

Harlequin Ducks braving the surf.

Diving Harlequin.

Diving Harlequin. They usually go down to the bottom to look for food and may be gone from sight for a minute or so.

Harlequin Ducks diving before a wave crashed on them.

Harlequin Ducks diving before a wave crashed on them. The one in the middle was probably a female.

Harlequin Ducks riding a wave.

Harlequin Ducks riding a wave.

Harlequin Ducks, female at right.

Harlequin Ducks, female at right. The male ducks were not interested in her, so perhaps she flapped her wings to get their attention!

Harlequin Ducks. Female is second from right.

Harlequin Ducks. Female is second duck from right. Female Harlequins are brown with a white belly and a white circle behind their ears.

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