Harlequin Duck ©
Size: 12" x 24" on deep edge
Original Acrylic Painting $695.00
The harlequin duck is a small sea duck.
They are usually found near pounding surf and white water. They are
short distance migrants and
most winter near rocky shorelines on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
The eastern North American population in declining and is considered
endangered. These birds feed by swimming under water or diving. They
also dabble. They eat molluscs, crustaceans and insects. Harlequins
have smooth, densely packed feathers that trap a lot of air within
them. This is vital for insulating such small bodies against the
chilly waters they ply. It also makes them exceptionally buoyant, making
bounce like corks after dives.
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Wildlife paintings by Shirley Reade