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White-winged Scoter- female

White-winged Scoter- female
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f5.6L USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-30 20:06
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Latin: Melanitta fusca
Average length: M 21.6", F 20"
Average weight: M 3.5 lbs, F 2.6 lbs

Description: The white-winged scoter is the largest of the three North American scoter species. The large white speculum on the black wing make this scoter species the easiest to identify while in flight. Males: Male white-winged scoters are entirely black with white eye patches. The bill is orange becoming red at the tip with a large black knob at the base. The legs and feet are reddish-orange with dusky webs and the iris is pale gray. Females: Female white-winged scoters are a dark brownish-black color with two whitish patches on the sides of their heads, in front of and behind the eye. The bill is blackish-gray with a less prominent black knob at the base. The legs and feet are dull orange and the iris is brown.

Breeding: The white-winged scoter nests on freshwater lakes and wetlands in the northwestern interior of North America. They favor large brackish or freshwater wetlands and lakes in their breeding range with the highest concentrations on lakes that have islands covered with dense low shrubs or herbaceous vegetation. Female white-winged scoters typically nest beneath dense vegetation and lay an average of 9 eggs.

Migrating and Wintering:The winter range of white-winged scoters includes the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, where they prefer coastal environments, especially bays and inlets. They migrate to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from breeding areas in northwestern Canada and Alaska.

Population: Because of this species' low rate of recruitment and strong philopatry (tendency to return to the same nesting area), disturbance during the nesting season and hunting on breeding areas have the potential to severely impact local populations. During 1955-73, estimates of the white-winged scoter population ranged from 555,000 to 675,000 birds. Currently accurate population information is not available for white-winged scoters. However, midwinter inventories indicate a declining trend from 1954 to 1994.

Food habits:White-winged scoters dive to feed on mollusks, crustaceans, aquatic insects, and small fishes found in marine and freshwater habitats. The summer diet also includes pondweeds and bur reeds in inland areas.

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Hi Peter,
a extremly sharp and good shot of this bird coming only as a winter visitor to Switzerland.

Hello Peter,
I cant belive that this wonderful capture and very beautiful duck species visited little. This is one of my dream species and it comes rarely in Turkish northern sides in winter period. We can see it only identifed sized from telescope/binoculars. You are very lucky to see very close and captured with a wonderful shot. Congratulations indeed. Superb details, great POV and composition.
For this purpose, I can come to Canada, even for Black Duck, Mergansers and Longtailed Duck:)
thanks for sharing this beauty, best wishes

Hi Peter
incredible capture, wonderful colors...
congratulations :)

great portrait, TFS Ori

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