Harlequin Ducks along the Oregon coast by Gary Miller
There’s no mistaking a male Harlequin viewed from close range. But seen from a distance, as above, the same dark blue and brick-red bird can appear mostly black. When it does, it’s best to concentrate on the duck’s small size and unique shape.
Harlequin Duck is smaller and weighs less than all other sea ducks — Common Eider weighs more than three times as much — and its bill is smaller and stubbier than any scoter’s