Wildlife photography of a mating pair of Harlequin Ducks in Yellowstone National Park

A colorful male Harlequin Duck schmoozes an almost-convinced potential mate along the LeHardy Rapids in Yellowstone National Park. Like many natal homing animals, this colorful sea duck returns to the swift streams of the Rocky Mountains where they were hatched to mate. Male Harlequins are humorously something of a beach bum, leaving their females to nest and flying off to spend the summer with other males on the sunny beaches of the Northwest Coast.