Str÷mand, Str°mand
              Histrionicus histrionicus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlequin Duck ( Histrionicus histrionicus ) is said lead a life more like a fish than a bird. Practising a lifestyle more like that of a salmon, in many ways different from that of a bird. This colorful little duck spends its days, lives and seeks its food, breads along the turbulent, streaming waters and even seams to prefer spots where ever cold white water flows the wildest, and like the salmon it seeks the open sea during wintertime. In Europe Harlequin Ducks are found only in Iceland where they are present, at least all over the Western Fjords, where these pictures are shot during the first week of June 2008. Background is Hraunfoss in central Iceland.