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Long-tailed Duck

Posted by Connie Toops on February 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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This Long-tailed Duck arrived in Asheville, NC, a few days ago after strong thunderstorms passed through the area. It is hanging out in a small pond near a golf course in a residential development in south Asheville. I heard that 6 other Long-tailed Ducks arrived about the same time in Hickory, NC, but don’t have any further info on that. It’s not that unusual to have Long-tailed Duck sightings off the North Carolina coast, but the appearance of these birds in the mountains and so close to the Blue Ridge Parkway is noteworthy. 

Photo taken 23 Feb 2014 with a Nikon D7000 digital SLR and Nikkor 80-400mm lens.