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When Harlequin Ducks preen and groom themselves, they go through deliberate contortions which create peculiar sights. I thought of sailboats when I saw this duck.

Harlequin sailboat.

Harlequin sailboat.

Moving slightly to the left, he can be seen working diligently behind his wing.

Intense preening. Must have been some itch!

Intense preening. Must have been some itch!

Other Harlequins were even more vigorous.

Wing flapping, perhaps to shoo a rival away?

Wing flapping, perhaps to shoo a rival away?

Mostly they were peaceful and just swam around, diving occasionally for food. When that happens you may be looking at Harlequins one moment, and a second later there would be nothing but water.

Two male Harlequins.

Two male Harlequins.

Female Harlequins are not as colorful as their male counterparts, appearing mostly brown, with some white patches.

A beautiful female Harlequin.

Beautiful female Harlequin.

Handsome male Harlequin.

Handsome male Harlequin.

In a few weeks they will be going back way up North, closing this chapter on Harlequin sightings during the 2015-2016 winter season at the Barnegat Lighthouse.

Barnegat Lighthouse.

Barnegat Lighthouse.

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