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Swimmer Skimmer

small waterfowl in Banks Lake, WA -- barely visible in center; quick diver and fast swimmer beneath the surface
on Flickr

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Every day, a photograph, a poem. Obviously, Scott and I know little about the waterfowl of our local area. This little one skims across the water and dives, disappearing –barely visible– and rapidly swimming under water, popping up far from it’s original position. We watched it for a long while. It has a black head, dark eyes and beak, a bit of white on the back lower neck and a bit of white on its tail. Its breast is white with a center black vertical “V” stripe. Here’s a zoomed in look– very poor quality.

waterfowl-- black head, beak, and eyes withwhite bit on tail and a bit behind its head; white breast with black "v" in center swimming on Banks Lake, WA

We spent a few hours looking online at Cornell, Audubon, AllAboutBirds, and other bird identification sites and apps, but could not find this bird– except on a site that did not label the bird! I’ve got my Instagram looking for what it is by connecting with people I know study the birds of the area.

But it was fun watching it– trying to watch its shadow or shape swimming underwater– it looked like a fish! It was fast and graceful.

Swimmer Skimmer

Little waterfowl
skimming across the water
suddenly diving, disappearing
beneath the surface
barely a shadow racing
through the water
just as suddenly popping up
far from where it started
skimming across the water
little waterfowl

Sheri Edwards
10.16.22 291.365.22

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