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Female - Niagara River. Not nearly as showy as the colourful male, but beautiful in her own right

This is the smallest diving duck in North America. They're a beautiful little duck, but I usually find them extremely camera shy and tough to photograph.

We have thousands of them on the Niagara River and nearby on Lake Erie, but the moment they see a human, they're gone.

The northern limit of the Bufflehead's breeding range is the same as the Northern Flicker, because Buffleheads usually nest in abandoned Flicker cavities.

Unlike other diving ducks, who require a long run to take off from the water, the compact Bufflehead takes off almost vertically.

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