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How a Harlequin Duck wintering in British Columbia landed on our cover

Harlequin Duck at Victoria, British Columbia ©2009 Glenn Bartley
Harlequin Duck at Victoria, British Columbia ©2009 Glenn Bartley

The handsome male Harlequin Duck on the cover of our February 2016 issue was photographed in October 2009 in Victoria, British Columbia, a popular wintering spot for our most colorful sea duck.

Professional photographer and author Glenn Bartley photographed the bird, and as you can see above, the original shot is horizontal. We cropped it vertically for the cover. In the issue’s cover story, writer Cheryl Lyn Dybas describes the small Eastern Population of the duck, one of only four waterfowl species in the world with an affinity for nesting along fast-flowing inland rivers and streams.

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