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This male Wood Duck has been at LaSalles Park in Hamilton all winter long.

He's integrated with a flock of Mallards, and spent yesterday courting a Mallard female. (Any port in a storm, I suppose).

He and this Mallard drake took a break from all the romance to cuddle together on the ice and soak up some warmth from the sun.

Just before I took this picture, an enormous Mute Swan took over the ice breaking duties, and smashed a fifty-foot path through the ice, from the bay to the shore.

As soon as he did this, all the other swans and ducks used the channel to move around.

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