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Harlequin Duck acrylic painting on masonite board

Harlequin Duck ©

Size: 12" x 24" on deep edge gallery canvas
Original Acrylic Painting $695.00

The harlequin duck is a small sea duck. They are usually found near pounding surf and white water. They are short distance migrants and most winter near rocky shorelines on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The eastern North American population in declining and is considered endangered. These birds feed by swimming under water or diving. They also dabble. They eat molluscs, crustaceans and insects. Harlequins have smooth, densely packed feathers that trap a lot of air within them. This is vital for insulating such small bodies against the chilly waters they ply. It also makes them exceptionally buoyant, making them bounce like corks after dives.


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