Bufflehead - male with females
A bird with white on the back of his head and underbelly. It's hunting for either fish or plants at the bottom of the wetland. It dives under for about 10-15 sec at a time, comes back up for only about 5 seconds, then repeats. It was doing this the whole time I was observing it (about 15 min). Note that it is low tide (-1ft).
the ponds are so full now that many of the divisions between them are under water and the birds take flight as soon as they realize you are looking at them
The Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) is a small American sea duck of the genus Bucephala, the goldeneyes. This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 as Anas albeola.