Torrent ducks

What's your desert island bird?

I think this may be mine. 

I found this family group (and later their ducklings) navigating the tumbling glacial waters of a mountain stream in the southern Patagonian Andes. 

As a whole, we don't think of ducks as exhibiting much ecological diversity, but once you've seen torrent ducks hunting in water you can't even stay afloat in, let alone swim or stand up in, you'll never look at a mallard the same way....

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I work in NYC and own a wildlife and wilderness agency specializing in the southern cone of South America. I still do some guiding down there, especially looking for Fuegian and Patagonian avifauna. I'm particularly interested in the wintering ecology of neotropical migrants, and in avian biogeography in general. You can follow me at - @domhall And find me at - AventuraArgentina.com