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Wind whips water with gusto

 15 October 03: Buffalo and region had wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour today. I took some pix at the big curve in the river at Strawberry Island, at the foot of Ontario Street, about five minutes from the house.

    The river looked more like a confused sea, with steep swells of two to four feet. The gulls and ducks didn't mind a bit, though. It was just a little more fun than usual for them, to watch them bob with the waves. A few bobbed more offshore and did a lot of underwater swimming. They looked like ducks, but I'm not so sure. I've seen 'em in Delaware Lake, too. Loons, maybe.

The wind had the waters of the Niagara River looking more like the surf on the ocean. The ducks had their game faces on, though.

Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour whip up the river.

The ducks rode the waves like little surfers.
The waves hitting the retaining wall stirred up a lot of duck-suitable food, I bet.
This guy a little more offshore did a lot of diving and swimming under the water.

& Perkins

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