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Greater Scaup M(s) + F

Greater Scaup M(s) + F
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-18 11:43
Viewed: 1590
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This species is fun to observe in the mating season, as they chase each other around in, often, very tight formations - as observed here.

The Greater Scaup (Aythya marila), just Scaup in Europe, or colloquially "Bluebill" in North America for its bright blue bill,[3] is a mid-sized diving duck though it is larger than the closely related Lesser Scaup. It is a circumpolar species, which means that its range circles one of Earth's poles. It spends the summer months breeding in Alaska, northern Canada, Siberia, and the northernmost reaches of Europe. During the winter, it migrates south down the coasts of North America, Europe, and Japan.

Drake Greater Scaup are larger and have more rounded heads than females; they have a bright blue bill and yellow eyes. They have dark heads with a glossy green tint, white undersides and wings with white on the tips. The females are mostly brown, with white bands located on their wingtips. They have a blue bill that is slightly duller then the drake's.

Greater Scaup eat aquatic mollusks, plants, and insects, which they obtain by diving underwater. They form large groups, called "rafts", that can number in the thousands. Their main threat is human development, although they are preyed upon by owls, skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and humans. Greater Scaup populations have been declining since the 1980s; however, they are still listed as a species of least concern on the IUCN Red List.


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Ciao Derek, great capture of fantastic in-flight trio, perfect focus, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-18 14:45]

Hi Derek,very nice in flight trio whit different wings position.Great timing and spectacular details despite the very quick mouvement,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-05-18 23:23]

interesting photograph of flying birds. good clarity and sharpness. tfs.

Hello Derek,
very nice capture of this flying duck with perfect sharpness and colour.
good and well taken picture.

Hello Derek,
Excellent picture.What a beautiful colour!
Well done.I like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Derek,
Excellent photograph of Greater Scaup M(s) + F, excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-19 7:31]

Hello Derek,
Very good photo of this trio in flight, excellent timing. Nice sharpness, DOF and beautiful natural colours. Fine composition.

Bonjour Derek,
Agréable valorisation des sujets dans une artistique publication.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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