After bottom feeding for a while, they left Golden Ripples to preen and rest.
The drake maintains a sharp lookout, while resting.
The hen meanwhile rested by the stream's edge. In all, they were around for a good hour or so, before they were last seen swimming back upstream.
Came across a USGS survey team at the river on the 28th. They have been involved in a Pierce County project to determine the affect the receding glaciers are having on sediment (rocks?) build-up in the White River over time. Too much sediment will lead to flooding problems.
The team is about a quarter mile upstream (in the center just above black log). Need binoculars? The old apple tree (on left) is about 5 feet from the bank's edge now and could be gone with next winter's storms.
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