19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

I was so excited to see these two male Harlequin ducks at Yellowstone National Park in late May. I had been to LeHardy Rapids earlier in the week and everyone was asking me if I'd seen any ducks and I said no. Finally after the fourth person asked me, I asked him what were people looking for. He explained that Harlequin ducks visit every Spring in Yellowstone and are quite the attraction. The males look like they are painted: cobalt blue with white facial markings and rusty patches on the heads and wings. I returned a few days later and sure enough these two Harlequin ducks were posing for me!!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Copyright: © Peggy Wolffrum