Jenner, December 12, continued

Many coastal winter residents were in the Russian River Estuary yesterday. Not people—birds. Diving birds.

No other boats in the lower Russian River Estuary

Diving birds can be difficult to photograph.They seem to sense when they’re being framed for a photo. They regularly disappear underwater with little or no warning.

Coots and Bufflehead ducks are gregarious diving birds who like to gather in groups of varying size.

Buffleheads. Males have the big white helmet; females the modest white ear patch.

Grebes don’t flock like Buffleheads. They seem to prefer small groups or pairs.

A solitary Loon near Penny Island.

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